“I love you, Justin!” I’m sure that if I were to attend a Justin Bieber concert and I were to receive a dollar every time I heard that yelled, I could wipe out the national deficit (and that would be just from the section I was sitting). I must admit, I never expected to hear it in a movie theater; however, I did several times as I watched the documentary feature, “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” in West Palm Beach, Florida.
If what I experienced is any indication on how the weekend box office is going to turn out, I’d say we have our first blockbuster of 2011. This movie is the ultimate gift for all the Justin Bieber fans out there. They will not be disappointed by what they see. The movie chronicles Bieber’s early life, how he went from becoming a YouTube sensation to the worldwide phenomenon he is today. It also follows Justin on a concert tour all leading up to his sold out show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The concert footage is in 3D so does that make it worth it to pay the extra money to see it in the 3D format? If you are a Bieber fan the answer appears to be yes. There are several moments when Bieber points to the camera, hence, points into the movie theater audience triggering instant screams from the many Justin Bieber fans in the movie theater audience (and these screams did not just come from the teenaged girls). The 3D does help give you the feeling of actually being there at his concert.
Not that it was really needed because I DID feel like I was at a Justin Bieber concert. Throughout the movie girls were singing along to his songs, dancing, clapping and it looked like every other person had a glow stick they were waving around, just like you would see at one of his concerts. Then there was the screaming. Some people like to bring earplugs to a concert, and you may want to do the same for this movie. There should actually be a 2-second warning in the movie every time we are about to see Justin without his shirt on. I’m just thankful I got out of there without a busted eardrum. It is against the law to record footage of a movie in the theater, but I would fear for the life of any usher who would try to kick out any girl while they were recording some of the movie on her cell phone. There was some flash photography going on too. I hope these girls realize that the flash will wipe away any picture they were hoping to get and when you record a 3D movie on a cell phone you are going to end up with a VERY blurry video.
I guess I’m not just “with it” anymore. I had never heard of Justin Bieber until his appearance on “Saturday Night Live” when Tina Fey was hosting and he was the musical guest who appeared in a sketch too. I’m not a fan, and I won’t be rushing out to the store to buy his album (or downloading any of his songs). That said, I did not hate this movie. I saw more documentaries in 2010 than I had in my whole life. I did not care for most of them, and I usual find them tremendously boring from beginning to end. While I was bored at times during this movie, it was pretty tolerable for me. In fact, I found myself finding a lot of respect for this young man, and, (I can’t believe I’m about to admit this) I liked the songs too.
Also, the movie carries a very strong message which is that you should never give up on your dreams. For many of us, that is all we will end up with: dreams, and nothing more. Then, there are those of us who keep persevering no matter how hard the journey to our dreams may be. Nothing ever worth obtaining is ever going to be handed to you. Say whatever you want about this kid, roll your eyes and scoff, but this kid worked his little buns off (thankfully we never see those or some of those girls may have passed out) to get where he is today. He’s got great people surrounding him and he intends to be much more than some fly-by-the-night teenaged heartthrob singing sensation. Time will tell on that.
At one point Justin is told, “This is normal for you now.” His life of living as a “normal” person is over. The world owns him now. I hope he handles it well. We’ve seen how other people who became stars when they are young can end up. I think Justin Bieber has a good shot at avoiding that fate. This movie should not be missed by any Justin Bieber fan. Parents who have to come along may find themselves having a better time then they may expect. The movie is rated G for general audiences.