Documentary, by Ajay Singh, 03 March 2011

Director: Jon Chu

Stars: Justin Bieber, Boys II Men, Miley Cyrus, Sean Kingston, Ludacris, Jaden Smith, Usher Raymond

Country: USA

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Language: English

Official Site: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Official Site

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

As someone above the age of 8 I can honestly say that I know very little about this Justin Bieber thing, most of the information about his existence being relayed to me in breathless, excited undertones by my 13 year old sister. Consequently I went into this film with my guts already screwed to the wall in terror and boredom.

The good news is that as a documentary it’s not that bad. It follows a well established pattern that has been popular since the 1960s of following a band on tour, giving us a privileged glimpse into their private and professional lives when not performing. Bieber is a lucky embryo it seems, someone who appeared out of nowhere and seemingly to his own surprise found himself at the top of the music tree, possibly without a paddle. Despite this, we are treated to an array of Bieber’s celebrity mates, all of whom have also just emerged from nappies (or “diapers” probably) who proudly proclaim this boy to be a great musical genius. He’s not shy of lauding his own talent either. Oh dear. It’s difficult to feel positive about this movie since it’s so clearly a piece of cynical and completely contrived exploitation.

The film is a loose biopic, with memoirs of Bieber’s life flashing before us as part of its narrative. Alas, though we all like the hero who struggles to fame and success by sheer hard work and talent, Bieber comes across as having none of these attributes, instead whingeing about the cold he has just before a performance. His seems to have been a reasonably charmed life that just happened to hit the stratosphere. His songs, if you like that sort of thing are catchy enough I suppose but his whole persona does genuinely want to make me retch. To add to the wonder, the whole thing is presented in 3D so you can actually have the massive face of Justin Bieber leering out of the screen at you.

But then this film isn’t for me, it’s made for Justin’s army of child and teenage fans. I’m sure that my sister and her cronies will have loved it, so if you’re an adult and your kids are determined to drag you to see this movie, just go with the flow and do it for them. It’s not time you will ever get back and I can’t guarantee that you will end up as a better human being for seeing it (though you might feel like one) but it’ll make them smile.
And probably scream as well.

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never [DVD] (DVD)
Actors: Justin Bieber, Jaden Smith
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Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Running Time: 101 minutes

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4.3 out of 5 stars (107)

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Videos

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Trailer

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Justin Bieber and Usher

Justin Bieber and Usher

Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus

Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus

Justin Bieber and Juden Smith

Justin Bieber and Juden Smith

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

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