After a long list of number one hits, a year-long tour and making headlines with her personal life, “Part of Me” brings Katy Perry back full circle.
The movie gives audiences around the world not only a front seat at the 124-date world tour, but also into the pop star’s life as the public eye has never seen her before.
We are introduced to Perry’s parents, grandmother, sister, close friends and entire tour team.
We are even given footage of a young Katy from her childhood and teenage years. We see her rise to fame and fans she ultimately inspired. We are given two hours of visually appealing documentary with slices of her “California Dreams Tour” performances, the documentary portions giving more meaning to 27-year-old’s songs. We get to see the “Wide Awake” singer perform all of her biggest hits. “California Gurls,” “I Kissed a Girl,” “Teenage Dream,” “Hot n Cold,” “The One That Got Away” and so many more.
Having seen the filming of the concert portion at the Staples Center, I can say the film does the concert justice, conveying all of Perry’s energy onto the big screen.
Just like everyone else, I was anxious to see the scene everyone was talking about: Perry breaking down over her divorce from comedian Russell Brand, giving everyone a glimpse of what has to be one of the most personal moments in her life.
I was reminded as the normally “cartoony” and vivacious singer was crying uncontrollably that this wasn’t just a person in a movie. This wasn’t just some voice we hear on the radio. This was a real human being letting everyone see her heart breaking. But the tear jerker especially comes in after this scene when Perry soldiers on, forcing a smile just as she is elevated to the stage. It’s impossible to leave the theater not feeling differently about that voice we hear on the radio. She is more than just crazy costumes and hit songs
Contributing Reporter: Cecily Arambula