I like Katy Perry, there..I said it.
And when I saw the trailer in my local cinema for her documentary ‘Part Of Me’ I was even excited about the prospect of getting to know the woman behind the image.
Unfortunately this is not what we get to see.
Katy made a thing out of the fact that she didn’t want the movie/documentary to highlight any of her personal problems, ofcourse the most obvious reason being her much talked about break up with British star Russell Brand.
It’s not the only thing notoriously absent from this 99 minute movie. About 45 minutes in we have learned that Katy grew up in a christian home with 2 travelling ministers as her parents. And there are 2 sentences spent on her time growing up, ‘I felt the need to explore myself’ and ‘I’m still a christian even though I practice it differently from my parents’. A blind man could spot the tension between the girl who released ‘I Kissed a girl and I liked it’ as her first single and her very heavily practisizing christian parents. But, as is the case with the whole boyfriend break up thingie, we don’t get to delve deeper into what makes Katy Perry tick.
There’s a host of people she surrounds herself with that are all too keen on commenting about how great she is and how much she has had to overcome, ironically, the most in your face story that’s being told is about how Columbia Records tried to mold her into an image. Which basically is the same thing that this movie is trying to do, it’s all about the image on stage and hardly ever do we get to see the woman behind that happy go lucky lady on MTV.
Madonna did a documentary called ‘Truth or Dare’ in which she showed us her all. Unfortunately, Katy Perry, who has all the right ingredients to at least step into her shadow, doesn’t do what I hoped she would do.
If you watch it with your full attention you do get to see glimpses here and there of a woman who is smart and driven, and who knows what the audience wants. Unfortunately, the only shocking thing coming out of this product are a few instances in which she’s not wearing a lot of make-up and the conclusion that she should try to find some people around her who can base an opinion on their own.
As it stands, ‘Part Of Me’ isn’t a part of Katy Perry, and hopefully, in the nearby future, fans and interested people like myself, will get a proper chance to see the woman who’s responsible for millions of sold records.