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