"Katy Perry: Part of Me" is pitched at the singer's rabid fans, but oddly, it may work better for nonfans like me.
You could fill a book with the things I didn't know about Perry, whose music I don't love. Or you could fill this movie. It includes: home movies of Perry's childhood with parents who are Pentecostal Christian ministers and forbade rock music; documentary material about her career false starts, including one as an Alanis Morissette knockoff; a visit with her grandma in Las Vegas; scenes of her disintegrating marriage to the comedian she calls "Russ" Brand; tons of footage of Perry performing on a yearlong world tour.
The agenda seems to be to present Perry as a likable real person, and that mission is definitely accomplished. Meeting with fans, mourning her marriage, shopping with her sister or talking about the path she thought her life would take, Perry emerges as an intelligent, frank hard worker who comes off as younger than her 28 years. Oh, and based on what we see here, I totally believe in her love for Russell Brand.
I still don't care for Perry's music. By far the best song in "Katy Perry" is a snippet of M83's "Midnight City," and you'd think that would be a problem in a film devoted to someone else's songs. But it isn't. Footage from Perry's elaborate stage show, which hit Xcel Energy Center last August, is so energetic and fizzy that the blandly catchy songs feel like just a small and not unpleasant piece of the puzzle.
PERRY: PART OF ME"
Directed by: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz
Rated: PG, for suggestive songs
Should you go? Sure. And the turquoise-and-pink 3D glasses are cute, but you don't need 3D. ***
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