Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

(2011)

Genres: Documentary

Review: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

Transcript for Review: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
Our next film is called, JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER, and it exists largely so that audiences, or their parents, will pay $14 to watch an infomercial where the teen sensation rides Segways, prays, and sings a few songs.  Filmed during his 2010 tour, and structured around a performance at Madison Square Garden, the movie doesn’t so much document Bieber, as anoint him for sainthood.

CLIP from JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER

IGNATIY:
Now, as we’re told again and again, Bieber is just an ordinary, multi-millionaire kid, who wants to hang out with his friends.

CLIP from JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER

IGNATIY:
Now, I’ll be frank:  There isn’t a good reason why anyone should see this 105-minute advertisement for the Bieber brand.  Now it’s being advertised as being in 3D, but in reality, it blends, at least, a dozen different shooting formats, most of which are not in 3D, and that makes it the weirdest looking movie put out by a major studio in a very long time.  That doesn’t make it any good, though.

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Why you gotta hate on the Biebs?

IGNATIY:
I don’t hate on Bieber, I hate on this film.

CHRISTY:
What is wrong with you?  Isn’t it bad enough that he lost the “Best New Artist” Grammy to Esperanza Spalding?  You gotta pile on the kid?  Come on.

IGNATIY:
I think this movie is creepy.

CHRISTY:
You are not its target audience.  I am not its target audience, but I was its target audience, mmm, about 25 years ago, or so.  One thing this does really, really well is it captures that sensation, that overwhelming kind of effervescence of your first crush, your first idol, your first love.

IGNATIY:
 All I see watching this movie is, you know, a 16-year-old boy, who essentially behaves like a 13-year-old boy and who’s best friend is his bodyguard.

CHRISTY:
No, you know what?  Not at all. He is, like, self-possessed beyond his years, and I am not a big fan.  If I can remind you, you actually know a Justin Bieber song, and you did prior to watching this movie.  I didn’t.

IGNATIY:
“Baby” is a fairly ni – good piece of – it’s a very solid piece of pop song writing.

CHRSITY:
It’s very catchy.  It’s hard to make a good pop song.  He’s done that.  He’s pleasing all the 12-year-old girls out there, and there’s a fun energy about watching this.

IGNATIY:
But you know what? It’s fairly easy to make a good concert film.  And by the eighth time he reaches into the camera like this –

CHRISTY:
Oh wh – No!  That’s the whole point of the 3D!  He’s singing to you, girl!  That’s exactly what it’s for.  The 12-year-olds at my screening, like, could not have shrieked louder.

IGNATIY:
I’m not 12 years old.

CHRISTY:
Right, but it’s not made for you.