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Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

Updated on November 25, 2013

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Whether you love or hate the kid, there's no disputing on how immensely popular he's become within the past few years. Even Usher admits that it usually takes bands/musicians at least two or three years to achieve the level of constant sold out concerts, but Bieber seems to have done it with ease within his first year and a half worth of his career. And to think, he's barely getting started too. However, is he another fad destined to burn out like the "Backstreet Boys" or "N' Sync" before him? Or will he become like "Michael Jackson" where sure he enjoys a long fruitful success, but he finds himself robbed of his childhood. Who's to say? Only time will tell. However, I'm not here to discuss my assessments on whether or not Justin has the potential of having a long lasting career. No, my business is to discuss his new documentary, "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never."

Before I get into my review, I will say coming into this movie that I was completely indifferent about him. Although, I have heard about him before, but I never bothered to listen to any of his songs. Let alone even bothered to care anything about him at all. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Justin Bieber hater either, as I just don't choose to follow him. However, that's why I feel I'm probably the best person to analyze and assess this film. I apologize if that sounds egotistical to say, but I'm just making a simple observation. After all, a Justin Bieber lover would obviously give this film a perfect review, as it caters more to them. While a Justin Bieber critic, he/she would say that this documentary is nothing more than a commercialized piece of garbage to promote his name. How do I feel about it? Well, lets get into that now shall we.

As some of you may know, Justin Bieber is arguably one of the hottest teen phenomenons of this decade, and it doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon. The documentary follows Justin's humble beginnings as a child, to his inevitable peak to stardom; leading all the way up to his performance in front of a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden. The film also chronicles how Justin's love for music eventually grew over time, as well as his families support of his career. Heck, it even offers various interviews from his fans that aren't too shy to voice their love for the talented young singer, as you'll be quite surprised how many young girls claim they'll be the first one to marry him. Ah, to be young and naive.

To say that this documentary isn't a bit biased would be naive. Of course, it's biased. Hell, they dedicated five minutes of the damn movie to saying how much people love his freaking hair! In fact, outside of the meager twenty minutes where it showed how Bieber sometimes fears that his career maybe stealing away his childhood, due to Madonna's thoughts on Michael Jackson's life, the rest of the film pretty much caters to Justin Bieber lovers.

Which sadly means that this film is catered solely to Justin's fans. Not that I would ever say that's a bad thing but as I always say about Michael Moore's controversial documentaries, it fails to be unbiased. Something that I always value more in any documentary that I see; regardless of the topic. Sure, it's great if you're already a huge Justin Bieber fan, but I doubt seriously this film will convert any haters and/or indifferent individuals into becoming fans of his anytime soon.

As for the 3-D cinematography, I have some mixed feelings about that as well. On the one hand, I thought the 3-D effects were very well done, and truly brought out the thrill of his concerts. On the other hand, I know it's nothing more than a cheap gimmick. Seriously, why does this movie need to be in 3-D? Is there any artistic purpose to it? Or is it just a cheap gimmick to try and force Bieber fans to pay an extra few bucks to see his damn movie? I don't know about you, but I'm thinking it's the latter. The reality is that no documentary, unless you count space ones, have no business being shot in 3-D. Don't get me wrong, if Justin Bieber had shot like a music video for this documentary, then I could understand as the cinematography could have used to express some artistic expression.

However, when your shooting an entire documentary based solely on his life and live concerts, then how is it even necessary? The quick answer to that is that it's not necessary. Regardless of how you want to spin it, "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" had no business being featured in 3-D, as there's no artistic justification for it. None.

As for the rest of the film, I have to say that I can see why so many fans like him so much. At first, I thought the only reason was because he's considered cute to a lot of young girls. That's all. However, when I watched the documentary, it turns out there's a lot more to him than that. On stage, he seems to resonate a lot of enthusiasm that comes across rather well in his stage performance, as well as his songs. Sure, the lyrics he sings generically suck, to be quite honest. Plus, he seems to be in desperate need to brush up on his stage choreography a bit, but his energy and enthusiasm for what he does really shine through in his performance. If he can brush up on his choreography and lyrics a bit, then he might have a long lasting career. However, I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Overall, I'm not hating or promoting this movie in anyway, as I think it would be foolish to expect this film to be anything more than what's expected of it. We all know that "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" is a documentary catered to all his adoring fans, and it does so quite well. In fact, I think all Justin Bieber fans will come to love this film. However, I think if your like me and you really never liked him to begin with, then your obviously going to hate it. Sure, there may be a few tidbits here and there where you find it interesting to learn about him but as I said before, this film is primarily catered for Justin Bieber fans only.

In the end, I'd have to give this film a two and a half out of four. I know that's probably shocking to some people, but please hear me out on this before judgment. Whenever I review any film (regardless of genre or hype), I always factor in the target audiences' perception and the film maker's intent. If you watch the film, it's obvious the movie was made to promote Justin Bieber to his fans and glorify him to the public. On that note, it succeeds. Plus, when I was in the theater, all the fans there had nothing but good things to say about it. Therefore, as I stated earlier, I have to be fair. Unlike other film critics that would base a film review solely on their opinions and research, I always make it a point to factor in target audience and film maker's intent as well; hence the two and a half out of four rating.

So to all you Justin Bieber fans out there, this film is made just for you. Everyone else....I would advise you to stay away from this film at all costs....


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    • Stevennix2001 profile image

      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      I'm sure he likes you too Katie. ;) Anyways, thanks for stopping by. :)

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      katie 6 years ago

      justinbieber i like you

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      Steven Escareno 7 years ago

      Thanks. I appreciate you saying that. :)

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      heri purwanto 7 years ago from jakarta

      Great stuff from you, man. Ive read your stuff before and youre just too awesome. I love what youve got here, love what youre saying and the way you say it. You make it entertaining and you still manage to keep it smart. I cant wait to read more from you. This is really a great blog.

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      Steven Escareno 7 years ago

      Well I hope for your sake you'll get to meet him someday. Anyways, thanks for stopping by. :)

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      belieber100 7 years ago

      i love justin bieber Never Say Never is like my #1 song i have a dream to meet justin someday

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      Steven Escareno 7 years ago


      Thanks Dianne. That means a lot coming from a lovely lady like yourself. ;) I'm glad you liked the hub, and hopefully Justin Bieber will be around for a long time.


      You make good point there, and I don't disagree with you. I too noticed that his fanbase consisted mostly of young adolescent girls, but I neglected to mention it intentionally, to try to make my hub as unbiased as possible. Judging from the positive reactions I've had thus far, it seems I've succeeded. lol.

      Although I have to say, I'm a bit surprised to hear you say that considering how close your wife is to his family. However, I guess we'll have to wait and see. I hope Justin Bieber manages to prove his critics wrong, to have a long lasting career, as he seems like a good kid. I can't say this documentary made me into a fan of his, as I still don't like his music. However, I have managed to gain a new found respect for him, as I did do quite a bit of research on his life before writing this. Therefore, I hope he does prove his skeptics wrong, but it's not up to me. Anyways, thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts with us, and reading my hub. I hope you enjoyed reading it.

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      nightwork4 7 years ago from ontario. canada

      the one thing about him that few want to admit is that a huge proportion of his fans are young girls. though the kid does have some talent, he's far from being a great performer. he seems to be alright as a person but i doubt in 5 years if we will ever here about him. my wife is a friend of his families and she says that he tried hard to get discovered and she thinks the reason he is doing so well is good marketing. only time will tell.

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      dianne143 7 years ago

      I like this.. and I like Justin such a cutie and very talented my cousins and brother do love Justin

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      Steven Escareno 7 years ago

      Yeah, I don't disagree with any of your assessments there filmchick, as I think you and I have almost the exact same opinion about him. I think Justin seems like a great guy, and I certainly don't blame him for making the most out of this opportunity. After all, it's hard to get a big break in show business unless you have some connections, and even then nothing is guaranteed. Therefore, I don't think you can really blame a guy for that.

      Plus, as you said, if you don't like the kid's music, then you don't have to listen to him then. However, I guess to each their own. Anyways, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us, as i always welcome new visitors. :)

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      filmchick1987 7 years ago from New Zealand

      This is a very good hub. It caters for both Bieber fans, Bieber haters & Bieber indifferents. I'm the latter. I loved Michael Jackson, but I never saw his documentary film, so I doubt I would see Bieber's attempt. However, I do admire him for sticking it out, despite the unquenchable desire of people to dislike him. He's just a kid doing something he loves, and none of us have to listen to/watch him if we don't care too.

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      Steven Escareno 7 years ago

      Thanks Ellarose. I'm glad you liked the hub. To be honest, I don't think he'll be around much longer either. Don't get me wrong, I think he comes across as a good kid that has a lot of passion for what he does. Plus, assuming that most of the documentary was true, then it's obvious he does care a lot about his fan base, as I was surprised to hear he usually has a tradition of inviting a random fan girl onstage to serenade them in front of a live audience.

      I think it's nice of him to do that, and I certainly don't blame him or his parents for making the most of this opportunity. As anyone that knows a lot about show business, you rarely ever get those lucky chances.

      However, his stage choreography isn't that great, as well as his lyrics. That's why I can't figure out why some people want to compare him to Michael Jackson. Sure, Michael's lyrics sucked too when he was originally part of the "Jackson 5", but he at least showed a lot of promise early on with great stage choreography and energy. Plus, he improved vastly later on when he went solo.

      Whereas Bieber, the only promise I see in him is that he has a great amount of energy and enthusiasm that the audience can feel when he performs. However, if he wants to stick around for a while, he's going to have to improve on his lyrics at least. This whole "Baby baby baby" stuff is only going to fly for so long. I doubt seriously when he reaches my age, 30, singing that crap is going to come off well. You get what I mean?

      Anyways, I appreciate you stopping by, and sharing your thoughts with us. :)

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      Ellarose92 7 years ago

      ahhh, i cant stand him!! i personally feel like theres so many good singers that are his age and i'll never understand why he got lucky when hes not even that talented. I know the girls adore him but i personally think its just a fad and his voice will develop and after purburity hits it will be all over plus i wouldnt want a 25 year old singing to little kids or my kid haha but i think this was a good hub!!

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      Steven Escareno 7 years ago

      Thanks Jafinn86, as that means a lot coming from a lovely lady like yourself. Your bf/husband, must be a lucky guy. ;)

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      jafinn86 7 years ago

      Have to agree with you on the 3-D aspect too. Forgot to mention that initially. Plus, I'm not a big 3-D person anyway.

      You are quite lovely yourself Stevennix2001 ;)

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      Steven Escareno 7 years ago

      I'm sorry to hear that I made you change your mind. Well, I hope if you do see the film anyway, that you'll enjoy it a helluva a lot more than i did. lol. Yeah, I don't personally like nor dislike the guy, to be honest. I just don't like how the film used the 3-D gimmick when it clearly wasn't necessary, and I felt it could've been unbiased to how they portrayed him. those were the only gripes that i had anyways.

      Yeah, it'll be interesting to see how his career will evolve over time. Anyways, thanks for stopping by and reading my article, as i always welcome new visitors; especially from one as lovely as yourself. ;)

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      jafinn86 7 years ago

      I like him quite a bit most of the time, haha. However, this honestly makes the documentary sound disappointing. I mean, Not exactly sure what I thought it was going to be, but every time I saw a trailer it seemed inspirational enough to make me tear up when I see the actual film.

      Also, you got me thinking... I wonder what the future holds for him. Hmmm...

      Good article. Much appreciated!