Katy Perry: Part of Me, PG, 97 mins
Katy Perry: Part of Me is a backstage pass to the pop star's colossal 2011 California Dreams world tour. It documents a year that was filled with "tremendous success and personal heartbreak" for the 27-year-old.
Perry's third studio album, Teenage Dream, saw her become the first woman with five No1 singles from an album. Yet her professional highs were spoiled by the breakdown of her high-profile marriage to British comedian Russell Brand, whose appearance in the documentary is kept to a minimum.
Perry, born Katheryn Hudson, started out as a gospel singer – a result of being raised in a Pentecostal environment. Banned from reading Alice in Wonderland or listening to Madonna, Perry reveals she was brought up on a strict menu of Christian music.
Her fight to superstardom is told by the singer herself and through interviews with her entourage. These insights are punctuated with Perry performing on stage where her fizzing costumes nearly overshadow her effervescent personality. Transitions between the backstage narrative and concert footage are smooth and directors Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz have done a good job playing up the meet and greets with screaming fans to show how much Perry cares.
Perry is pulling the strings in this film, so everything we see has been approved by her. The main message is that she's fiercely devoted to her fans – known as KatyCats – and will go above and beyond to please them.
As orchestrated as this documentary may be, the "real" Perry seems to come across. Sitting backstage before a performance in Brazil, we see the star despairing over her failed marriage. She breaks down minutes before going on stage, doubled over in a glittery dress with spinning peppermints on her breasts, sobbing, ruining her stage makeup.
However the show must go on and Perry slaps on a smile and faces thousands of fans.Perry appears more genuine than many pop princesses. If you like her, you'll enjoy this insight into her life. If you're being dragged to the film by a fan, you might surprise yourself and fall for her charms.
- Sunday Star Times