I am a huge admirer of The Lonely Island’s work but clearly, this is not one of their best, provided it does have some hilarious moments.
OVERALL SCORE – 2.75/5
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is a 2015 mockumentary film directed by Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, written by Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg and stars Andy Samberg, Tim Meadows, Sarah Silverman, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Joan Cusack and many other comic actors in bit parts. The film follows the life of an older pop prodigy as he prepares and releases his second studio album.
Popstar is fun if you have not watched a mockumentary before. The film has all the makings of a hilarious mockumentary but the energy level of the film dips gradually until it becomes as slow as the lead character’s pet turtle. The film starts off being gut-burstingly funny with a satirical introduction of the lead character coupled with a great opening track. I was excited and all in. All I wanted to do was to enjoy this film. The film started to slow itself down from that moment on. I do concede and understand that it had a story to tell but I for one feel that the film chose a tame story.
This film could have done with a very different story when one realizes the film is trying to satirize Justin Beiber’s documentary. There was a way to poke fun at the star-making culture of present day but this film misses the mark. That is not to say the film has no amusing moments. Far from it. It has a myriad of characters being extremely funny. Each one of them has their own specific comic attribute and it makes for some great laughs between the lulls. There were a few great jokes in the trailer which are not included in the main film, I suspect there are multiple different edits of the film which may have contributed to the film’s final outcome.
The film has some hilariously thought provoking songs by the men of The Lonely Island. All three of them can perform like no other and their take on some pop hits are a joy to watch and listen to. The stage performances are extremely well orchestrated for which the film has my undying respect. The sight gags and the obnoxious one-liners the characters blurt come thick and fast in the first 45 minutes and multiple viewings might be required to catch them all.
I do not want to go too deep into the specifics of the film. It is an act which may spoil all the little pockets of humor the film has to offer. The film is a breezy 90-minute ride which does compromise on its satire for a few favors from some very famous musicians but it is still quite funny and makes for an unthreatening film.
OVERALL SCORE – 2.75/5
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