Justin Bieber's Documentary "Never Say Never" is Enlightening: movie review

Justin Bieber in the beginning
Justin Bieber in the beginning

Well Named

Before sitting down to watch the Justin Bieber Never Say Never documentary I had no idea what his background was, how he became the teen idol he is today or even what songs were his on the radio. I only knew that he was Canadian, a good singer, young and very popular.

My ten year old daughter asked me to watch the doc with her and so I did with no real idea of what I was about to see. The result; we were both pleasantly surprised. The documentary is a good look at the path that lead him to his sold out concert (in 22 minutes!) at Madison Square Gardens; and it was not easy to get there. He put himself out there on youtube, was discovered, had a great team of people supporting him and he was passionate about his art; music.

The documentary is well named as his personal message to his fans as he is trying to achieve his dreams is to follow their dreams - never say never.

the Trailer

Justin has Talent

One of the things that made the documentary engaging were the large number of old videos of Justin Bieber performing when he was young. From his first drumming experiences to talent shows to youtube uploads for family; it really gives an understanding of his love and connection with music, he isn't just a great singer, he is a very accomplished musician and from a very early age.

I have gained respect for Justin as a musician; he has earned that. His early youtube videos clearly show his raw talent and it's a great story of how he was discovered - it is like that dream come true story that we all have wished for. He's encouraging kids to follow their dreams even when people tell them it can't be done. Not a bad message especially today where entitlement seems to be the expectation of many of our youth.

Justin Bieber is a real musician

Justin singing Someday at Christmas by Stevie Wonder

hard work for a kid

This documentary clearly shows what hard work looks like and here's some perspective; he's a kid doing the full-time job of an adult in a very stressful and demanding industry. We can all see the result of his efforts. But he has a few things going for him.

He is passionate about the music and wanting to do it; wanting to take the path that has been laid out before him. He also has that option to quit any time and he understands what that means.

He has a good team surrounding him. They take care of him and care. They don't let him get away with too much, they guide him and they have fun together. They do seem to be like a big family.

Justin Bieber has a very supportive family and he obviously has great relationships with them and there is lots of love. They are there every step of the way it appears. He also has manged to keep his close friends from home which is important - he is just a kid after all.

For me one of the biggest concerns is that he is very young to jump into this kind of work and the lifestyle that comes with it. But there is a moment in the film when the crew actually acknowledges their responsibility in his future, and that told me that they do take their involvement in helping him understand his decisions and growing up thoughtfully seriously. It is important.

Bieber gets a thumbs up

From the perspective of a mom curious to see a little more of the person behind the singer the girls are melting over these days; I enjoyed it and was happy to see where he came from.

It gave my ten year old daughter some really positive food for thought which was an unexpected bonus. Her take on the movie; "he really shows you your dreams can come true". As far as the movie working to get its message out to its audience; I'd say that 's a winner.

For me it was a good movie and did get me liking Justin Bieber; I won't run out and buy his music, I'm 50 years old after all, but I won't turn it off if it comes on the radio. It gave me an appreciation for who he is and I like that the "underdog" team succeeded by thinking outside the box.

Oh and I love the fact that he is Canadian, it did help me to appreciate his story a bit more; it's a very typical Canadian story if there is one; but that's another hub!

Rating 3 out of 4; worth watching if it you're curious.

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I am a fan of his. It's the movie starring Will Smith's son that made me aware of him. The soundtrack was off the charts.

On a different note, I believe the girl about her being pregnant for him. The story doesn't seem to add up.


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eye say 4 years ago from Canada Author

The only stuff I know about him is from the documentary. Because I work in the media biz, I tend not to pay attention to Hollywood gossip, so I don't even source it; it's too hard to listen to judgments and gossip about people you work with, so I don't. I get my news form regular folks like you...

So he's going to be a dad? That'll change his world a bit - or it should; having him young changed his parents lives...

thanks for the input!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I meant to say "I don't believe". The girl is 21 and totally lying. Everyone knows Justine is shy and she said he basically seduced her and the intercourse lasted for 30 seconds. I know it only takes once to get pregnant but she is lying, I can tell. They are supposed to be doing a paternity test.


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Kyoutohru 4 years ago

He was impressive on that guitar.


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eye say 4 years ago from Canada Author

thanks for clarifying Cardisa! I was surprised after the doc - although I must say I don't like the Christmas videos he is doing ...

and Kyoutohru - isn't he amazing - you should see him on drums...

thanks for your input ladies


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stephaniedas 4 years ago from Miami, US

This is a refreshing take...many people write off teen pop-stars with out taking into consideration that they are hard workers and talented entertainers. Now I want to watch the doc.


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eye say 4 years ago from Canada Author

I work in the industry and I know what hard work it is. It's a very stressful lifestyle and the expectation is unbelievable. A ton of pressure for a kid. I love the music industry, it's hard not to when you are exposed to great talent like this. I only hope he stays grounded. Hope you find it interesting. thanks for stopping by!


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paxwill 4 years ago from France

Wow! That was pretty generous of you to spend your time with your daughter like that! What a cool mom you are. I have a very low tolerance for all things Bieber/Twilight since we are all so over-exposed to it.

Reading you hub though, the documentary doesn't sound as bad as I originally thought. Bieber sounds like a good kid; it's not his fault the media can't stop obsessing over him.


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eye say 4 years ago from Canada Author

ah and you've hit the nail on the head - it's the media, and also record labels and corporations putting money into his talent that get the world obsessing over the "superstars" of our times; and the public just buys in because they do a great job of marketing him as a product.

Seeing the doc and where his roots are, hopefully gives us the tools to be able to see this manipulation and what a person with talent must give up to become famous.

Thanks for the comment - you got me thinking about the molding he has gone through in such a short time.

I love spending time with my girl and I've been through so much life why do I care what she wants to do if she wants to do it together?

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