Pop Star Katy Perry’s real-life pains and pleasures are an integral part of the concert-documentary “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” an inspiring and saccharine chronicle of the artist’s career (and some marital) highs and lows.
One needn’t be a fan to appreciate it, as it does a good job of reintroducing her to the unfamiliar or non-fans. But those who already know her story, or love her songs, well, it’s Katy Perry in eye-popping 3D!
“Part of Me” succeeds in presenting Perry as an endearing, relatable subject. Old videos of a young Katy Hudson (her actual surname) and more recent snippets of interviews with her kin and friends from work and the music industry paint the pop singer-songwriter in a positive light. Her more recent breakup with actor-comedian Russell Brand is also respectfully covered, but Perry’s struggles as an aspiring singer-musician is what’s especially interesting.
From her days as a sheltered teen Gospel singer to her time “rebelling” and discovering art and life outside her faith, Perry’s early career years and their corresponding challenges provide the film its absorbing semi-underdog flair. It’s made abundantly clear that she’s no overnight sensation.
A considerable chunk of “Part of Me” is devoted to the nitty-gritty of a particular concert tour, illustrating just how hectic her schedule is. When not singing about bicuriosity, or wearing Betty Page-esque wigs and body-hugging costumes, sides to Perry are unveiled. We see her exhibiting comic or vulnerable behavior, and get glimpses of the precious rapport she shares with her trusted and loyal crew.
While some of her better songs aren’t featured, the selection is still good, and works as bookends between more revealing moments. And if you didn’t like Katy Perry before, it’s likely that you’ll at least respect her after watching this.
“Katy Perry: Part of Me” will be in Philippine cinemas starting Aug. 29.