Only one word can describe Katy Perry‘s new movie Katy Perry: Part Of Me in 3D. WOW! This is, by far, one of the best celebrity documentaries ever.
The film begins with snippets of Perry’s concerts, flashes of the crowd, and backstage shots of Perry herself, all while the opening credits are rolling. After this very quick opening, fan videos pop out of the screen (it’s a 3D movie after all) and fans begin to tell the audience what Katy Perry means to them.
From young girls sharing their love for her music, to young boys admitting that Perry made them feel okay about being themselves, the fan opening was a nice surprise since it was real testimonials to Katy’s star power.
Throughout the film, Perry lets us follow her on one of the longest tours of the past few years, her “California Dreams Tour.” The entire tour spanned over an entire year and a half in multiple countries. There were moments in the movie where the entire audience gasped in shock, sighed with relief, laughed uncontrollably, and even shed a few tears.
You can’t help but love the infectious smile Perry displays when she’s meeting her fans. In one of these instance, she meets a young boy who receives his meet and greet through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Through their interaction, it was easy to see that this one meeting would stay with the boy forever.
You’re also introduced to Perry’s former husband Russel Brand. During the time the movie was shot, Perry had no clue her marriage would eventually crumble after only 14 months of marriage. During the hectic tour, Perry would tour for 2 weeks, then take a 3 to 4 day break to fly to Brand. She did this for the entire tour.
But you don’t only see the glamor of being an international pop sensation. After a few months, the non-stop traveling begins to take its toll on the superstar. Through her overly emotional displays when speaking about Brand to tardy arrivals to meet and greets, it quickly becomes apparent that the fast-paced schedule is too much.
In one scene, Perry’s assistant lays out her intense two day schedule which includes two six hour flights from Europe to L.A., a one day break, and then two six hour flights back to Europe. Perry appears distraught while she’s digesting the schedule, and she then asks, “Can I see a calender?” In a foreshadowing of things to come, she jokingly says, “Trying to keep a marriage together here people.”
Eventually, prior to going onstage in Brazil, Perry unleashes the emotional floodgates. It’s clear that by now she knows her marriage is over. But she goes on stage and performs for two full hours as if nothing is wrong. As the audience launches into a chant of “We love you Katy” after the song “The One That Got Away,” it seems as if they know something is wrong.
Perry’s family plays an integral part in the film as well, voicing how proud they are of her and the fact that she never gave up on her dreams. Perry’s sister also plays a key role behind the scenes of her career, touring with her and overseeing every meet and greet opportunity.
The movie is an inside look at how Kathryn Hudson became Katy Perry and how a young girl’s dream came to fruition. It’s a classic underdog story because, believe it or not, Katy was an underdog before signing with Capitol Records.
It also shows how a girl who seemingly rebelled against everything her parents wanted for her still managed to make them proud. Katy knew that her dream was attainable. She just knew she had to work hard to get there.
“If you have a dream, you gotta go on a journey to fulfill that dream,” says Perry in the film. And what an amazing journey her career has been.