"Justin Bieber -- Never Say Never 3D" Review: As Bad as You'd Expect

The Bieber movie, a concert experience and origin-myth documentary, is not good — not that it needs to be. It is draggily paced and lacks felicity of form; the 3-D is a rip-off, and the songs are pap, save a snippet of Etta James singing "At Last" while Bieber's glossy fringe sways in slow motion. The buildup to a Madison Square Garden climax concert roughly structures Never Say Never; a throat infection creates the threat of cancellation before "get well" Tweets reinforce Bieber's rededication to the showbiz grind and "u," the fans. Interspersed is a retelling of Bieber's journey from small-town boy in Stratford, Ontario, to the outbreak of Bieber Fever. A convincing case is made that the YouTube phenom was a talented kid with a knack for sponging up Top 20 radio styles when promoter "Scooter" Braun discovered him. From there, the movie admiringly details the stoking of a phenomenon by Braun and Team Bieber. There's no scrimping on the Bieber here — we see him serenading onstage, shirtless in the dressing room, in home videos, and in "candid" hometown visits — but he's a curiously vague presence, obscured in the shadow of this monument to his brand.

 
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6 comments
Alicia
Alicia

alicia said hi justin bieber

Brittany
Brittany

heyy bady bady you what to have kid.

Aaaaaaaaa
Aaaaaaaaa

this movie is suck... waste money for watching!!!

shawtymane
shawtymane

The movie is such an inspiration. Stop hating, hater.

goodfella987
goodfella987

just saw it wit5h kids, 30 bucks 11 for soda popcorn, save your money the 3-d is really bad,

 

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