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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is a really long title, guys

Review of Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
by David Gilleand
Posted on September 1st, 2016
Neutral 6
Overall Rating
Plot Summary:
When it becomes clear that his solo album is a failure, a former boy band member does everything in his power to maintain his celebrity status.

If you watch 'Saturday Night Live', at least during the years Andy Samberg was a regular cast member, than you'll probably remember his iconic "Digital Shorts" often seen on the series. Even if you weren't a fan of the show, you've probably seen or heard some of the songs of the Lonely Island guys. That is what Popstar is all about, or at least what it tries to be. While I do believe in creative liberties, this is one of the rare times I fully believe you have to do something right - and let me give you a can't change the name of the band in order to do that. Let's dig right in.

Story: 5

A mockumentary makes sense, but not the best choice

'Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping' is filmed mockumentary style - like something you might see on VH1 or likewise. I understand what they are going for, I definitely do - but their target audience are people who like the Lonely Island guys - which really aren't mockumentary style videos. They are music videos that react to things live. Like in the Jack Sparrow song, when Michael Bolton begins singing about Jack Sparrow, the guys are confused and annoyed...even though it's a fully produced Music Video. Which makes it feel more like a musical. 

This movie should have been a musical. I don't know how that'd work, as I'm sure it'd be alot different, but those differences would have made this flick great. It would have been absolutely hysterical if it had just followed the same formula as the music videos. I laughed at two songs in this movie - and those were the ones they showed music videos the theory holds up.

Sound: 6

The music was only good when it featured all three guys

This, of course, was the main idea of the it's hard to complain about it. Conner4Real was basically a horrible singer that sucked at making songs after he split with the others. I have to agree, and even though that's the plot of the film, I have to once again say it shouldn't have been. I came to watch the funniness of the songs, and even though his songs were still silly and all, it just wasn't the same. It's at this point that I just didn't get it. What's the point of even making this movie? You changed the entire concept of how these things look and feel, and got rid of two thirds of what made it special at the same time. Yeah...I get it, they were eventually going to make things work by the end, but by the end it's TOO LATE! 

Character: 6

It's the Lonely Island guys...but it's really not

As silly as this film tends to be, it still took itself too seriously. The characters both are the same guys and aren't at the same time. That's because the music videos they have been releasing for years are just that - music videos. Their characters don't have names - they just have certain humorous things happen throughout the music video. So I understand the idea behind naming them - but I don't understand why they couldn't just use their real names at the same time. I also don't understand why they had to use Style Boys instead of The Lonely Island. I just don't get it. 

Enjoyment: 6

I just didn't understand the need for all the change.

Even the title, 'Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping' is as ridiculous as The Lonely Island - so why isn't the rest? Other than a few select music videos in the movie, this film really wasn't as ridiculous as I imagined it would be. In order for the film to feel more like a film - it needed a certain glue...which was more realistic and dramatic acting. However, this glue also transformed the overall tone of the film - making it more grounded and ultimately more like a real documentary. The problem with that came down to the fact that the Lonely Island guys shouldn't be grounded. They are as ridiculous as ridiculous goes - and there is no exception for that - not even for a mockumentary. So here it is - I would have rather seen this film be made as one epic and ludicrous music video that people would have HAD to leave the theater after peeing their pants. They would have had no other choice.

'Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping' could have been better, and instead it's just okay...something I wish I didn't have to say. That's how it is.

Check it out!

David Gilleand
Avid TV Show and Movie watcher/critic, known in the blogging world as Dave from Dave Examines Movies and Dave Examines TV. Look him up!

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