Justin Bieber "Never Say Never" Review — 4.5 Out Of 5 Stars
Fri, 11 Feb 2011 15:10:08
At one point during Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Usher goes, "This could be a forever story."
Usher knows what's up, and his words will ring true. In fact, Never Say Never already is a "forever story." Justin Bieber's tale is one of diligence, dreams, and devotion. It's the kind of story that resonates with audiences both young and old, and it's the kind of story that our pop cultural landscape could use a lot more of.
Director Jon M. Chu captures every bit of Justin's life vibrantly, allowing the young pop star's humanity to shine through. Of course, the sold out crowds, screaming girls, industry adoration, and mega stardom are all in Chu's narrative, but it's the intimate moments that make Never Say Never riveting and timeless.
Chu follows Justin's rise from making YouTube videos in Stratford, Ontario to rocking a sold out Madison Square Garden. Never Say Never shows every bit of care that goes into Justin Bieber's music and performance. Manager Scooter Braun believed in him from day one, and via candid footage Scooter's infectious passion comes through. Braun invested every bit of himself in helping Justin realize his dream, and his love is palpable and inspiring. He watches over Justin, and he allows him to grow into the star and man he's meant to within the film. In addition, Justin's vocal coach, Mama Jan, and his mom, Pattie Mallette, provide a genuine nurturing that shows the family structure inherent within his camp. Ultimately, Chu illuminates that Bieber's stardom is as predicated upon an all-for-one, one-for-all mentality as it is upon Justin's immense talent.
Never Say Never shows the streets Justin used to walk and where he used to play for fun to public crowds. Bieber's innate stage presence filters through every frame of the film, and it's impossible to take your eyes off of him when he's rocking a crowd. In fact, the 3-D element is so propulsive and powerful it places the viewer right there. Bieber's show is a classic spectacle that rivals U2, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and any other massive star out there. The kid deserves the fervor and adoration he's given, and the live footage proves that.
There are also some hilarious asides in the film adding a crucial sense of humor. L.A. Reid laughs that Bieber is "The Macaulay Culkin of music," while tween girls outside one of many sold out shows exclaim, "I think about him like 99 percent of my life."
There's a reason. He's had talent since he was a baby, as the archival home video footage clearly illuminates. Bieber was always meant for big things, but he handles it humbly and honestly. He still kicks it with his same friends in Stratford and with family always around, he's got a grip on reality. Chu portrays a megastar who you could have a slice of pizza with or watch perform at the Super Bowl. That's the brilliance of Justin Bieber. He's living a dream, and the film shows all it takes is love, passion, and belief.
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