Katy Perry: Part Of Me
- Director:Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz
- Cast:Katy Perry
- Release Date:July 02, 2012
- Running time:97 minutes
- Film Worth:$11.50
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The tour footage is largely standard stuff, but this evolves into something surprisingly moving when the gloss is peeled back.
While she may not be the phenomenon that fellow 3D concert film alumni Justin Bieber is, Katy Perry's Katy Kats will lap Part of Me up. More than just a concert film, this reveals the very real ups-and-downs of being thrust into the spotlight and the effects that this had on her marriage.
Embarking on her huge yearlong California Dreams world tour, the film is standard fare for the most part, following Perry as she traverses the world. There are interviews thrown in, backstage access and footage of a young Katy who everyone says was meant for stardom, even when growing up in a Pentecostal Christian household and starting out as a gospel singer. Interestingly, the persistence of the pop star shines through, as she was not an overnight success, being dropped from three labels on the road to making it big.
The second half of the film is heartbreaking as the cracks and eventual demise of her marriage to Russell Brand comes into focus. It's a surprisingly moving segment of a film that was clearly originally meant to celebrate the candy-coated world of Perry.
As is custom in a concert film, tour footage is intercut throughout, but it feels like filler between the deep, heartfelt narrative, especially with Perry baring her soul in a way few artists would.
Perry, who is part of an era of artists who aim to please their fans first and foremost, goes out on a limb with this film. Ultimately, Part of Me is for fans, but it should have interest for people interested in celebrity culture.