After watching the Katy Perry Movie on DVD I have one response.
Quite humbly I say Katy Perry I was wrong about you and I now give you more credit than before.
I’ve just seen the film “Katy Perry Part of Me” and as a fly on the wall rockumentary (or should that be popumentary?) I’ve had a good insight into her character.
The movie is not one I would purposefully choose to watch but watch it I did. The reason why is that I’d just awoken on an overnight flight. I was still sleepy whilst waiting for breakfast to be served. Fitting the bill of something light to watch with a lot of music, it was an obvious choice.
To be honest I don’t mind Katy’s music, the cheesy pop is probably the most catchy of tunes going. I have her two most recent albums on my iPod and do listen to them from time to time. The fact she achieved five consecutive number ones from the same album is testament to the influence and success she has had in recent times.
So, why do I say that after watching the Katy Perry Movie on DVD that I was wrong”? Simple really, I misjudged her character and her song writing ability.
On her albums Perry is assigned co-writing credit for her songs. I took this as small scale, limited input credit. She came across to me as a manufactured pop icon. How could one person be involved in so many exceedingly catchy tunes in such a short space of time? Love her or loathe her you can’t deny that within minutes of hearing one of her songs for the first time it is on repeat in your head for a long time after.
My misapprehension was further influenced by the highly reported public spat on twitter between Katy Perry and Lily Allen. From the articles I read, Allen is quoted as saying “at least I write my own songs”.
The film clearly shows how Katy became involved in song writing from an early age, taking inspiration from Alanis Morrisette. The numerous interviewees lay testament to how much Perry has written and for that she must be given credit.
Memorable hits such as “I Kissed A Girl”, “Hot N Cold”, “Firework” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) just ring in your head when you think of the name. True success indeed. There is also the catchy “California Gurls” which always brings a smile to my face. The reason being that the son of some of my friends calls it the “Squeezy Boobie song”; if you’ve seen the video you’ll understand why.
So there we have it, Katy Perry I was wrong, sorry.
There is more reason for me to say I was wrong. This is something which the documentary helped relay far more clearly than anything else and that is her character.
My poor prior impression has been influenced by when I’ve seen her during interviews on TV. In particular an interview with James Corden whilst the World Cup was on. On watching that interview I formed the impression that Perry was probably not the brightest. She also came across as a “loud American” and to be honest “loud Americans” don’t exactly make a good impression with us Brits.
Watching Katy Perry Part of Me shows the true picture. Perry does like to have fun and definitely likes to entertain. However her character comes across as more modest and appreciative of where she is today.
The film shows the rise to fame which includes a failed album, being dropped by record labels and years of persistence to succeed. Katy Perry is definitely not an overnight success, she has worked hard to be where she is today.
This work ethic is also explored in the film Katy Perry Part of Me. The focus is on a world wide tour she embarks upon which takes a year to complete. Her crew and advisers are concerned about burnout. This is demonstrated even more by her commitment to her marriage to Russell Brand. Perry makes clear that when there are a few days break in her schedule she wanted to fly back to the US and spend maybe 2-3 days with Brand. This is irrespective of where she is in the world.
What is not addressed is why Brand does not fly out to meet her around the world. The impression I got was that he attended the US gigs and not the overseas ones.
It is now well documented that the marriage did not last. I wasn’t aware that it ended whilst she was on tour.
Every story, in my view has three sides. My side, your side and the truth (which is somewhere in the middle). We only see elements of Katy Perry’s side of the story. Editorial license is to be taken account of, but her effort and commitment is clear. In spite of media speculation it is clear that her crew were unaware that her marriage was falling apart.
Towards the end of the film the reality strikes and the couple break up. This coverage is very real and certainly left me with a lump in my throat. I felt for you Katy.
Prior to a concert in Sao Paolo, Brazil we see Katy Perry inconsolably in tears. Her crew are trying to find out what is wrong but she is not telling them. She declines an offer to cancel the concert.
We then see her in floods of tears walking to the stage ready to perform. In an instant she composes herself, stops crying and puts on her entertainment smile as she appears to the crowd. All this is shown without any dramatic and sad background music. It is shot as it happens and the effect is very powerful.
The true professionalism of Katy Perry came to light in this performance and certainly won immense admiration from myself.
I have seen for myself that Perry is a very hard and committed worker. She had a strict upbringing but is her own individual. Professionalism and artistic creativity are strong attributes of Katy Perry.
Have you seen the Katy Perry Movie on DVD? Are you a fan of Katy Perry and her music? Please feel free to leave a comment below.
Overall I rate the documentary as 7 out of 10. This is more for content and the producers design.
The fact remains though that my impression was previously incorrect. So I say Katy Perry I was wrong, sorry.
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