Friday, 17 August 2012

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Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D [Review]



Opinion: B

Well-known yet little known, the documentary music concert takes us backstage to unravel some of the lesser known backstories behind one of the world's most successful and glamorous pop star. Katy Perry's biopic feature film in 3D should most definitely please her fans (by the mere sight of her) and satiate those who are not, with her life story and heaps of dazzling visual candy.


This opinion is based upon one from a neutral observer of Katy Perry's current stardom and success (i.e. not a fan).

2011 MTV Artist of the Year, Katy Perry lives the teenage dream that everybody could only dream of. With multiple Grammy nominations and spending over a year of consecutive weeks in the top 10 of Billboard, shattering records seems to matter to all who views Katy but it doesn't seem to be the case for her.

Revealing some of her earlier days of Gospel music influence that she has described as part of a conservative (and restrictive) environment that she was brought up in, Katy eventually finds exposure to other forms of music and gains inspiration. She has shared that that it was Alanis Morissette who "blew her away" and changed her perspective of the music realm, changing the way she envisions her style and choice of music.



Greeted by a series of adversity, nothing seems to be able to dampen her spirit less some of the testing events that may dissuade her from further endeavours. Times like such where she receives various forms of support from people around her, such as her sister Angela Hudson. It's amazing to think of how Katy's sister has a tale in her road to stardom, which is otherwise unfamiliar with some (less the dedicated fans of course). Beyond just the mere superficial comparison of both as Angela does resemble Katy, we get to see how Katy stands out distinctly among her family. After all, this film does venture along a tagline (and also Katy's style) that says "dare to be different".

Depicting some of her early music career days where she struggles to surface among the several stars and talents existing then, it is clear that the film's Directors Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz intends to relay to their audience how several record studios really wanted to project Katy as "the new Britney Spears" or "the next Mariah Carey".  One of the plausible drivers behind the unique signature style that Katy exudes, it indirectly instills the impression within us that Katheryn E. Hudson is exactly who we see her as her onstage persona Katy Perry.

Just with so much more glamour and grandeur.


Living a magnificent music career lifestyle albeit a hectic one, the documentary feature showcases significant stage production values through the stage production concepts and show choreography (special effects, costumes, dance choreography, etc). Blocking pop colours come to us in various dazzling arrays, truly translating her songs and lyrics in alignment with Katy's personality. Mixed with engaging graphical text overlays and fluid camera movement in her concert footage (that took the filmmakers a year to collect), production values are soaring and well complements the 3D dimension the medium is deliver in.

Therefore in a way, this feature is also like a form of brand management/advertorial to boost the positive impression of the pop icon further within the audience. This may not be relevant for her fans, but might be of an issue with those who are neither her fans nor convinced of her stardom.

Nevertheless, Katy is indeed an extraordinary record-smashing pop idol today and her story should be interesting enough to draw attention and entertain. At least this opinion was allured. As how Katy's grandmother summarises at the end with a singular adjective, Katy Perry: Part of Me shows us that Katy isn't just living a large life, but also a very loud life (meant in a good manner, of course).

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