Katy Perry: Part of Me came out in theaters yesterday and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. Disgust? Yes, a little. Interest? Obviously, since I’m writing a blog about it. But most of all, I feel like Hollywood has run out of things to make movies about. Many of the movies that come out today are either adaptations of books, sequels (that will never quite measure up) to very popular movies, or remakes of older, classic movies.
There was a Justin Bieber movie (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) that came out in February 2011. I never actually saw the movie, but when it was coming out, I had the same reactions to it that I am having to the Katy Perry movie. I may just have to repeat the tired old phrase that everyone seems to be saying these days (or a variation of it): There is no good entertainment anymore. Popular music is terrible, movies are full of visual effects but no substance, TV shows are hackneyed and cliched, video games have no discernible storylines, etc.
I don’t necessarily have full belief in that phrase, but when movies like Katy Perry: Part of Me come out, I find myself believing it more and more. If I was a parent, I wouldn’t take my kids to see that movie. I would hope that my kids wouldn’t even have interest in that movie or others like it. Even so, it bothers me to think that the world is changing in such a way that a documentary about a celebrity’s life would be made into a major motion picture. Maybe I’m just old-fashioned.