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It was February of 2011 and Justin Bieber's new film had just come out. My sister is a massive fan and begged me to go! With a little bribery I said that I would go but said the chances were I would be asleep before the end. Our local cinema was really busy and filled with many little girls far too excited over a boy from Canada.
The next 105 minutes of my life changed my whole perspective on this one little boy. Justin was an incredible lad with that one dream we all have, to be famous. The film is a documentary of Justin's life, but don't let this put you off watching it, from when he was just a boy to where he is now. It follows him on his sold out concert tour and his big build up to one of the most prestigious places to perform, Madison Square Garden, where Bieber sold out the tickets in just 22 minutes.
The film shows videos and photos of when Justin was just a baby, through to clips on YouTube which Scooter Braun from So So Def record company used to discover him, up to his performances at MSG. It shows the struggles they face but also the sheer determination that Justin and his team have. It also shows how Justin is really just an ordinary teenager with an amazing talent.
Unlike what many people think, Justin does have some incredible talent. From when he was very young Bieber had a lot of musical talent. He is one of those people everyone envies because he can pick up any instrument and learn it within a few hours. He is an amazing drummer and guitarist and also can belt out a good tune.
The film includes not only Justin but many other stars as well including; Miley Cyrus, Jaden Smith, Ludacris, Boys II Men and Sean Kingston. But what I found most interesting about the film was that underneath the bubble exterior is an engaging and entertaining look at how a megastar was created by the internet.
I have to admit that I used to follow the crowd with the dislike of Justin but when it comes down to it how many artists can sell out MSG, how many people have almost 42 million Facebook followers and 20 million twitter followers and a YouTube video with over 722 million hits. This is no ordinary boy with no ordinary story to be told, all you have to do is just give him a chance.
There's gonna be times when people tell you that you can't live your dreams. This is what I tell them......Never say never. - Justin Bieber
I'm really quite confused as to how I came to watch this movie. I mean, I was supposed to having a horror movie marathon with my friends! Anyways, it wasn't half as bad as I thought it would be. These sort of reality, 'My Story', movies have never really appealed to me. They're basically documentaries about pop-stars, which are generally found on the television where they are FREE, so why the sudden need to watch them on the big screen? And in 3D? I didn't understand at all.
However, now that I've seen it I have to say my opinion of Justin Bieber has shot up immensely. I've neither been his biggest fan, nor a hater, I've enjoyed listening to his music but at times I did wonder what the fuss was about. He's just a boy. With iconic mop-like hair. But now I realise, he's actually a very talented boy. My jaw literally dropped when I saw some home videos of him when he could barely walk and already he had rhythm and could play the drums like a pro. He can sing, he can dance, he can act, and if he hadn't become a superstar he probably would've ended up as a sporting legend! As far as I can see, there is nothing this boy can't do. I'm quite jealous really.
This movie basically takes you through Justin's life, from when he was born to his performance in Madison Square Gardens. It's actually a very interesting film, it isn't boring at all. There are some interviews with close family members, friends and people who've worked with him. This is the story of a young boy who got incredibly lucky when he posted a couple of videos of youtube. Although I think that there was a lot of luck involved in Justin Bieber's big break, his immeasurable talent was also a major factor. I also got the feeling that this movie would've been awesome in 3-D, and I rarely get that feeling.
So obviously, I've learnt a lot of useless crap about Justin Bieber that I really didn't need to know; however, it's still interesting. For example, Justin Bieber is the result of teenage pregnancy.. weird, huh? I think that Justin understands how lucky he is and treasures it, because he's always thinking of his fans. When he developed a sore throat on tour and consequently had to postpone a couple of his shows, all he could think about was how disappointed his fans would be. I think he's a lovely boy, who appreciates everything that he has and you can really see a whole different side to this young celebrity in this movie as you see his working and personal relationships. Actually he doesn't have any working relationships, they're all personal as he knows all the people who he works with very well and they're like his extended family. His fame hasn't fazed him at all, he's still a down-to-earth teenager.
So about these 'life journey' movies. Michael Jackson was iconic and Justin Bieber has done a hell of a job considering his age, but I draw the line at JLS. Everyone knows their story: they were on the X-Factor. I think it's also worth adding that they didn't win. (Okay, now it looks like I've got some sort of vendetta against JLS, which, by the way, I don't). I'm just saying, JLS are getting way too cocky with all their commercialising and merchandising, it's getting out of hand.
I understand that Justin Bieber is basically the marmite of all celebrities and many of you reading this post probably hate him. I doubt the people who hate him will change their minds about him anytime soon, but I just wanted to tell you people, that although you may think he's a puny, teenage boy with really annoying hair, who needs a good dose of testosterone, he is talented, he is young, he is famous worldwide, so he's got to be doing something right ... right?
For Beliebers, this is a must see, for those vaguely interested, I think you'll enjoy this movie, and haters will probably end up watching this just for jokes. But hey, either way you're watching it, 'cuz there's just something about this kid...
Out on DVD now!
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Well, it was half term and my 14-year-old daughter is a big fan of Justin Bieber, so it came to pass that my boyfriend and I ended up in the cinema watching Never Say Never - the sort of movie that has an audience of young girls who should be doing their homework or playing with their Barbies. For those out there lucky enough not to know who Justin Bieber is, he is a 16-year-old Canadian singer currently making the knees of little girls go weak, as he sells millions of CD, posters and T-shirts.
We had expected the cinema to be sold out, but there were only about fifteen people watching it. I had thought he would be badly acting a leading role in some hammy romance, but no, Never Say Never turned out to be a kind of documentary about his life (yes, all sixteen years of it! The book will be next!!) interspersed with concert footage. Oh and it's in 3D too, just when you thought it couldn't get any worse. This was my first 3D film and I really didn't enjoy it, as the glasses hurt my eyes and gave me a headache. Thankfully, most of it is fine to watch without using the glasses.
For people my age, this was vaguely reminiscent of Abba - The Movie, but vastly inferior. It is basically the story of the run up to Justin's big concert at Madison Square Garden, so we get to see the build up, as well as a few of the routines he does at the event. We follow him through his rehearsals and the big crisis of a poorly throat! (Oh no!)
We meet his family as well. His parents separated when he was young (His mother is beautiful and looks about 25!) and the doting grandparents have quite a lot to say. The previously absent father turns up at a concert (Funny that!) and does the proud daddy bit. We also get to see lots of photographs of him as a baby and a toddler (cue lots of 'awwwww's from the girlies), then video clips of him singing and dancing as a youngster, including the ones on YouTube which was how he was found by Scooter Braun from So So Def record company. Some of this was quite interesting, as it documents how he came to be discovered and how difficult it was to reach the top.
I was impressed to find that he does actually have some talent - he can sing, he can dance and he plays the drums and guitar. So that was nice. He does come across as a bit of a brat at times though. I guess you'd expect it of any teenager, but I did sympathise with his entourage, especially the poor guy whose job it is to cheer him up and keep him on task. It was interesting to hear from his vocal coach too and to see how he was styled and how much say he had over his image.
There are a couple of scenes where he is being a "regular teenager" and playing with his friends (all boys - funny that), but his vocal coach tellingly says how Justin sometimes complains he can't be "normal" now, to which she states that this is now "normal" for him. It's a hard life, being rich and famous.
One part of the film that was particularly irritating were the clips of over-enthusiastic fans saying how amazing, awesome, wonderful and gorgeous he was. Sigh. From ponytailed six-year-olds to young ladies who were surely too old to idolise a sixteen-year-old boy, each one seemed to get more embarrassing and cringe-worthy as it went on. Then there were adults saying how this kind of phenomena was brand new and that Bieber Fever was something unique. Er no. The Beatles, The Osmonds, The Bay City Rollers, Madonna, Michael Jackson - the list goes on. Squealing girl fans at concerts and over-enthusiastic autograph hunters are nothing new. I had posters of Morten Harket on my bedroom wall in the 1980s and cried when I saw Madonna live in concert. Every generation has its idols; my eldest daughters loved The Spice Girls.
Admittedly, I am not the target audience for this film, but let's face it, we parents have to sit through the film too. I tried to find interesting bits in Never Say Never and there are a few, but the 1 hour 45 minutes does drag and by the end of it, I was Tweeting to keep myself busy! One Tweet included saying how I hadn't realised the film was in real time, as it felt like it had lasted sixteen years.
My daughter loved it though, as did the other kids in the cinema. They were literally screaming at some points! So if you have a Bieber fan in your midst, they will enjoy it, I am sure. There are other stars in the film too - Jaden Smith (who is very charismatic actually), Miley Cyrus (Oh dear, what are you wearing, girl?!), Usher (Oh, he's older than twenty, whoop whoop!), Boys II Men and some other acts I have thankfully forgotten. The music overall is okay, nothing wonderful (of course!) but nothing offensive and I recognised two or three of the songs.
Overall, it is reasonably well made, but feels more like a documentary that would be shown on Channel 4 than something you would pay to see at a cinema. It has interesting bits, but isn't something I would like to sit through again. Without our I phone, my boyfriend and I might possibly have began eating the chairs for want of something to stimulate our brains. But my daughter enjoyed it - which was the main thing. Afterwards, she bought Justin Bieber's album on CD, so the torture could continue when we got home too. Which was nice.