I’m a 29 year old heterosexual married male and I’d like to say that I’m sick of people saying this movie is trash because they hate Justin Bieber. I am not a fan of Justin Bieber’s music, but this movie was very interesting and entertaining. I didn’t get a 2 hr boring concert that you could watch on VH1. What I got was a very intriguing story of how this dude became so popular. It shows early footage of how he started drumming, and onto where he is now. Take it for what you will, this is not something you’ll think about after you’re done with the movie, but it’s a good movie to pass 2 hours. If you want a decent musical bio-pic, check this one out… it’s really not that bad.
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I see Justin Bieber fans on Twitter, and they’re hardcore and loyal. I get it. I understand what it’s like to be a teenage girl smitten with a male singer. I was diehard over Immature a little over a decade ago. It’s fun to have a crush on someone who has the looks, charm, talent and a positive story. But being honest, I hadn’t paid much attention to him. I knew he was doing songs with some folks that I would’ve never thought would work together (i.e., Ludacris, Chris Brown, Usher [before I knew his relationship with Usher]). I wasn’t a fan or a non-fan. He was just a kid with hair over his eyes. I saw him on “The Conan O’Brien” show and Chelsea Handler (who I very rarely watch)’s talk show, and he was entertaining on both. I was amused and then intrigued. The Peeps falling on his head was what got me. But what really made me say, “Okay, let me find out who this boy is” was watching Street Kingdom openly embracing dancing to a Justin Bieber song on “America’s Best Dance Crew.” If this many grown-ups wanted to collaborate with him, clearly there’s something about him that’s magnetic. On top of that, Street Kingdom’s performance to that song was the best one they’d done on the show (IMO, and I am a fan of their dancing). So I finally gave in and rented this movie. Crazy part is I loved it! I watched it twice and will probably buy it because I don’t want to return it.
Favorite scenes to rewind: I “awe’d” so many times while watching him tell the camera that he was going outside to shovel snow. Just the way he said it with that big grin on his face was adorable. I liked how he approached that (very surprised but cool under those circumstances) violinist and encouraged her dreams, too.
Other great parts: Watching him SNAP on those drums made me go, “Okay.” Graduating to a guitar and playing that well? Hmmm, even better. I like musicians who really understand music–they can PLAY music as well as SING. I think those artists are better at performing because they understand both sides of the music arena, and he gets it. There were plenty of joking moments. Listening to all the trials he went through to be heard made me appreciate his struggle. Overnight success? Not really. He worked hard to get to the top no matter how much more quickly he got there (leaving the country he grew up in, marketing himself through social networking, over 80 tours nonstop, going up to big-name artists with all the guts in the world trying to impress them with his vocals). I thought it was great that he was so affectionate with his mother and even his guy friends. No pounds here. They hug with both arms. He genuinely seems like a friendly guy who keeps a warm social circle around him. His (grandmother?) telling him to clean his room was the best. Gotta love that! In the photo shoot, he calls little girls “sweetheart” like he’s my age instead of 16. He’s got a little bit of an old soul in a teenager’s body, and his talking voice reminds me of a blues player. I liked seeing him be a kid as much as seeing him make adult decisions.
Of course I expected the loud screaming, stalking, grabbing and jumping onstage. I expected all the cutesy songs. But I FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY was impressed by a collaboration. When Boyz II Men sang backup for him to that song “You Smile,” that was the first time that I felt he was working with artists who complimented each other instead of just trying to cross over or be diverse. The other artists who worked with him (again, subtracting Usher because of the relationship the two have) just seemed like a stretch to me. Then we got to Boyz II Men and Jaden Smith. Jaden doesn’t need any help, especially with his parents being who they are. I liked seeing Boyz II Men and Jaden perform with him because they meshed well. Considering the type of music that Justin sings anyway, it just seemed like Boyz II Men was a no-brainer. He’s got R&B clearly embedded in him, and it’s working to his advantage because even when he sings a pop song, he has a little swagger in it.
I remember seeing Ray J. on some show talking about Justin and the ladies. Brandy interrupted him and said Justin’s mother might be watching the show. For all of you who saw the show I’m talking about (can’t remember what it was), yeah, I’m leaning towards what Ray J. said, too. He’s going to make some young lady very happy as he grows. I think Usher is his best mentor because he can show him what it was like to be that young, successful and have that many women falling all over him. The rest of his camp seem to have his best interest at heart (from the film at least), but I am glad Usher didn’t blow him off a second time. Anyway, great film. Entertaining. I even downloaded a couple songs after hearing them sung live. I might buy his CD now.
I look forward to watching him grow. Congrats on his success!
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