Reviewed by: Theresa Snowbarger
CONTRIBUTOR—first time reviewer
music in the Bible
Boys II Men—Themselves
Usher Raymond—Himself (as Usher)
Mama Jan Smith—Herself
|Producer:||AEG Live, Insurge Pictures, Island Def Jam Music Group, MTV Films, Magical Elves Productions, more »|
“Find out what’s possible if you never give up.”
This is the story of Justin Bieber’s rise to teen sensation. The story begins with his mother talking about the circumstances under which Justin was born. How she was a pregnant teenager, and she and Justin’s father split up shortly after he was born. Justin was raised by his mother and his grandparents. It was said, on more than one occasion, that Justin has always been very close to his Grandpa. She saw at an early age that he was musically inclined and did videos of him that she posted on YouTube for family members to see. He was discovered by a man who thought he had the “it” factor and invested quite a bit of his own money to market him in the music world. The story goes on to show how hard he worked to get his name and music out in the public eye, with the culminating factor being selling out the Madison Square Garden arena for a concert.
The tour they are filming in this documentary consists of 86 shows, so we see Justin enjoying time on the tour as well as times where he is feeling sick and run down. His voice teacher mentions once a comment he made about wanting to be a normal kid, and she tells him, that this is his new normal. His manager Scooter Braun makes a comment at one point that his job is to make Justin into a good man. Throughout the movie we see photos of Justin from significant times of his life growing up, as well as videos of baseball games, swimming lessons and shoveling snow.
Overall, I felt the movie was very inspiring. There is more than one occasion that the whole crew (including Justin) pray about the decisions they are making and for the shows they are about to do. After the final concert of the movie (The Madison Square Garden show), there is a voice expressing their thanks to God, as well as praying for the wisdom that comes with the responsibility of Justin’s fame.
This movie definitely emphasizes the fact that Justin is “worshiped” by fans all over the world. The looks on their faces and the comments they make when they see him in person are staggering. I don’t see how any 16 year old can handle that type of rise to fame and fortune so quickly, but it also shows him praying for all his glory to go to God. Maybe he will be able to use this fame to spread the Name of the Lord.
The idol worship is disturbing, and the another negative I noticed is when Miley Cyrus is on stage with him at a concert wearing an EXTREMELY short and tight mini skirt. I was very disappointed by that. There are also several scenes of fans screaming “Oh my G*d,” as they are trying to get a glimpse of Justin.
I saw the movie with my 9 year old daughter and the theater was pretty full. Girls from ages 7 through teens, and they all seemed to really enjoy it. They were singing and laughing. There were also tears when Justin was sharing his heart and during a time he had to make a difficult decision to cancel a concert. In the car on the way home my daughter, and I talked about how if God puts a passion in your heart, that He can help you to pursue your dreams and never say never! Justin’s overall message of the movie to not give up I think could have a big impact on lots of people.
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