From an extremely conservative Pentecostal Christian family with a preacher dad, Katy Perry is the unlikely songstress who wrote about kissing a girl and liking it. So how did the once gospel-music-only-singer/songwriter become the “firework” of mainstream pop? Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D has some answers.
Katy’s brother reveals his family was so religious, they weren’t allowed to eat Lucky Charms because luck supposedly came from the devil. Clearly sheltered, Katy Perry flourished within the world of gospel music and began writing her own songs of praise at age 13. Her musical life changed however when at a friend’s house, she heard Alanis Morrisette’s “You Oughta Know.” The raw, intense emotion and honesty in the song made Katy yearn to sing about her own feelings and experiences as a teen, apart from her connection with God.
Katy insists she still has a one-on-one relationship with God, but seems less concerned with the rigid rules of the conservative Christian lifestyle she grew up with. Her parents seem to be handling Katy’s fame and sexy image pretty well, considering, though I’m sure it was more of a struggle than either of them are letting on.
The most interesting part of the film is Katy’s journey from unknown to pop sensation. So many managers, agents and producers tried to steer Katy’s ship in the Avril Levigne direction. But Katy is an original and seemed to know that in her heart the whole time. As soon as she stopped trying to be “the next so-and-so” and focused on discovering her own truth as a musician, her career took off.
The pop machine clearly underestimated Katy’s talent. Her handlers were used to making a cute, moderately talented girl into a short-term pop star. They weren’t smart enough to see that Katy is a pop heroine whose career will no doubt have the longevity and success of Madonna.
But big dreams can bring big heartache, no matter how much talent a girl has. The movie can’t avoid touching on Katy’s short marriage to self-proclaimed sex and drug addict, Russell Brand. It’s easy for an outsider to look at the situation and say "‘she should have known better." But Katy is a young woman who believes in dreams coming true and stepped into her marriage wearing hope-tinted goggles. She tried. He tried. No one can blame them for trying.
One thing this movie makes clear is that the divorce didn’t break Katy. Like a phoenix, she sings her way out of the ashes, showing girls everywhere that loving yourself means more than love from any man.
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