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A Love Letter to Katy Perry. A review of Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)

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Rated: PG

1 hr 35 mins

By: Staff Writer Emily Johnson

This might not be a movie review so much as it is a love letter to Katy Perry, who I’ve long maintained that I would go gay for. You might think I’m kidding, but I’m not. If Katy Perry showed up at my doorstep right now I would kiss a girl and I would totally like it.

I’m probably one of the biggest Katy Perry fans out there, so maybe I’m a bit biased. But if you like any of her music even a little bit, this movie is a must see. You get the benefit of almost a full concert experience for the low (except not really) price of a 3D movie, plus the bonus of oodles of behind the scene features. I left this movie humming Firework and with a huge smile on my face. I was lucky enough to see this tour when it came through Austin last summer and it was just as awesome the second time around on the big screen. Plus, I have a rather strange obsession with Russell Brand (I would highly recommend My Booky Wook and Booky Wook 2) that pre-dates my Katy Perry love affair, so it was an added bonus for me to see him pop up in this movie. The downside was of course watching their marriage literally fall apart on screen. We only get to see Katy’s side of the breakup (which in itself was pure heartbreak to watch), but I suppose was an added bonus for mega fans who wanted the inside scoop on their marriage. Really all it did for me was make me depressed and I almost wish they had left it out of the movie.

Every Katy Perry fan knows a bit about her background as a gospel singer and her strict Christian upbringing, but the movie really delves into her childhood and years as a struggling musician in a way I hadn’t seen before. For any of her critics who say Katy is simply a pretty face and a good voice belting out songs her record label puts in front of her, all they have to do is watch this movie to be proved completely wrong. Katy writes all of her own songs and we see her work herself to literal exhaustion putting her world tour together. No one can leave this movie without complete respect for her talent and dedication to her music and fans.

But the downside to any concert movie I think is that you’re only marketing to a very narrow group of people. The only people who are going to buy tickets to this movie are Katy Perry fans who are willing to cough up the dough to see a part of her concert and get a glimpse of her life the past few years. I was more than willing to do that, but judging by the fact that none of my friends would go with me, I can’t think of a whole lot of other people I knew who would. From a purely critical standpoint, it was a well-made movie, but the subject material just doesn’t appeal to a broad range of people. Plus, there was really no need for it to be in 3D. I would have had the exact same experience watching it on a normal screen and saved myself about five bucks.

That’s why, as much as I love Katy Perry, I’m forced to give this a 6.5out of 10. I found it wildly entertaining but considering I’ve heard talk of this movie being a “flop,” I know the majority of people out there wouldn’t. Mega fans, by all means, go! You’re gonna love it! I’m definitely going to buy it on DVD. But if your only emotional attachment to Katy Perry is hearing her songs occasionally on the radio, then don’t spend your money on this film.  Regardless of whether or not I think making a concert movie was a good call, I can’t wait to see what Katy Perry does next, because its clear from this film that we should expect even bigger things from her in the future.

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