Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: This entertaining documentary highlights the natural talents and show biz success of a bright young super star who was born to perform.
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Even if the offstage moments try too hard to present Justin Bieber as a typical
teen (although he's surrounded by both wardrobe and security personnel serving as his surrogate
family), the live segments prove that heís an extraordinary performer.
Making effective use of the 3-D cameras, these sequences boast the same
flash that director Jon M. Chu brought to his Step Up movies.
Bieberís battle to subdue a case of swollen vocal cords provides a
dramatic arc for what is otherwise a conventional but well-packaged
combination of concert documentary and history-to-date of the
16-year-old YouTube sensation turned pop superstar. Showing Bieberís family life and early incarnations as talent-show contestant
and busker, followed by details about how backers Usher and manager Scooter Braun
turned him into a show business phenom,
portraying him as a Twitter-savvy underdog. His initial success came without the
help of the Disney/Nickelodeon machinery that gave us the Jonas Brothers
and Miley Cyrus (who makes a cameo appearance) and there's another cameo with Jaden Smith (Will's son and the star of "The Karate Kid").
While audiences who already have Bieber Fever get plenty of reasons
to scream their heads off, even if you aren't already a fan, you may find yourself succumbing to his magnetic charm and undeniable talent.