(Greg may have lost his voice cheering during his screening of ‘Never Say Never,’ so this week he turned in a written review. Okay, not really )
The word “awkward” gets tossed around a lot these days, but a great real-world definition would be my screening of Justin Bieber’s new movie ‘Never Say Never.’ Not because of the movie: because of the audience. The crowd screening the film was full of dads and their teenage daughters… and me, a mid-twenties man sitting by himself.
‘Never Say Never’ works as a half-biography, half-concert movie, as Bieber prepares for his biggest show ever: a sold-out Madison Square Garden. We learn all about Bieber’s life… from his musical talent as a two-year old to how he ended up signing with Usher (who also produced Never Say Never). Interspersed with home videos and interviews are big-budget 3D clips from Justin’s concert… complete with backup dancers, explosions, and thousands of screaming pre-teen girls.
There’s really not much I can say about Never Say Never that you don’t already know. It works for what it is, and if you’re at least neutral to Bieber Fever you’ll probably enjoy it. The one surprise to me was the Christian background that JB grew up in… when he was singing on street corners as a kid, it turns out a few of those were praise and worship songs. So whether you’ve camped out for weeks to see him onscreen or it ranks lower on your list than watching paint dry, throw up a prayer for the newest little pop star. We all know he’s gonna need it.