Hello, fellow moviegoers!
We've reached the point in the summer where there are so many movies coming out that we really have to be selective about which movies we go to see, simply because there is no time to see all of them. There are so many different options to choose from, and you must pick the movies that you truly think will be a good time. However, sometimes your choice doesn't turn out the way you expect it to.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping stars Andy Samberg, and it is a mockumentary following the life international superstar Connor4Real. When his second solo album isn't nearly as successful as it should have been, Connor must face reality as he has to struggle with who he can trust and what direction to take his career. So, is Popstar one of those movies you need to see?
I was really looking forward to seeing Popstar. The trailers looked funny, and I'd heard good things about it from friends; so you can imagine my disappointment when the film failed to live up to expectations. Don't get me wrong, this isn't an awful film. The overall experience just wasn't enjoyable.
As a comedy, the only job this film had was to make the audience laugh. Which it did, at times. There were a couple truly laugh out loud moments, particularly involving the music, that almost saved this film, but the rest of the film was just filled with awkward humor and depressing realities. The few hilarious moments didn't even hit their max potential, because they were given away in the trailer for the film. There may have been a few short little laughs that weren't spoiled in the advertisements, but they were few and far between.
Where this film does really succeed is in its commentary on how ridiculous our society can be. The subject matter in this film was an excellent one for Andy Samberg to take a swing at. We all know that celebrities are ridiculous, so this is simply a goldmine for a comedy like this. Also, there are many different celebrity cameos throughout the film, almost all of which ended in really funny moments, particularly those surrounding Justin Timberlake.
Where I think this film suffered the most was with its pacing. It seemed to be slowly trudging from one joke to the next with hopes that the audience was laughing at some point along the way. It felt very clunky and dis-coordinated. In fact, I believe this film would have worked better as a set of individual comedic skits on a TV show somewhere; a set of separate skits revolving around the same character in an SNL-esque show.
If you are a fan of Andy Samberg and his type of humor, I believe that you'll enjoy this film more than I did. My cousin, an Andy Samberg fan who saw the film with me, had this to say "It wasn't Hot Rod, but it was still good". So, as you can see, there is enjoyment to be had in this film. It mainly depends on your personal sense of humor.
I realize this is a shorter review, but that's mainly because there isn't much to say about the film. As its title suggests, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping doesn't know when to stop. It beats you over the head with situations that are supposed to be funny, they just aren't. While it may have had a good social commentary and some gut busting scenes, the film can't come together to make a wholly entertaining experience. If you're a fan of Andy Samberg, you might enjoy it. If not, I'd stay away.
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