You know what’s an annoying trend in cinema these days? Documentary/concert films about modern pop stars that paint them as sort of sainted do-gooders who’ve never done anything bad in their lives while offering little insight into their lives or careers. First came Never Say Never, which offered little insight into teenaged pop star Justin Bieber’s life and career. Now comes Part of Me, which gives the same treatment to Katy Perry.
Born Kate Hudson, and changing it to prevent confusion with the mediocre actress of the same name, Part of Me follows the singer/songwriter on her latest world tour and the shenanigans that composes her personal and professional life. Juxtaposed with a handful of performances is the story of rise to fame and prominence, of course. There’s only downside to all of this.
It offers no insight or anything that we don’t already know about Perry. It’s not like Perry is some sort of deep, powerful singer/songwriter who speaks to a generation and such. She’s a pop star, a new version of every other female star of the last 20 years, and as such there’s nothing here that presents anything but a coldly calculated version of the star. This is exactly the Katy Perry her handlers and management want you to see, nothing more, and is designed in a way to try and make her a bigger star as opposed to give you any insight into her personality.
This is nothing more than a 90 minute commercial to sell more of her CDs, etc, and nothing more. It’s an electronic press kit gussied up with 3D for theatrical purposes, nothing more.
A couple of concert performances from the star, a digital copy of the film and a handful of extras that don’t add much to the film are included.
If you’re a super fan of Katy Perry, this is your film. For everyone else, avoid at all costs.
Paramount Home Entertainment presents Katy Perry: Part of Me. Directed by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz. Starring Katy Perry. Running time: 92 minutes. Rated PG. Released: September 18, 2012. Available at Amazon.com.