I really like most of The Lonely Island's music, so I have been looking out for this film since it was first announced. When the trailer was released, I became even more excited, as it looked absolutely hilarious.
This film does in fact provide for some extremely funny moments. A lot of these are due to the chemistry between the three leads, which is obviously great. A lot are from the hilarious writing, which has the same feel as much of The Lonely Island's SNL skits. The funniest parts, however, (at least to me), came from the countless great celebrity cameos. Seal's cameo is hilarious, as is Usher's. Justin Timberlake, though, makes the funniest cameo in the whole film, however I will not spoil it for you.
While I love a lot of The Lonely Island's music, I think that some of the songs in this film didn't register as well comedically with me as they should have. Some of the songs, such as "Mona Lisa", "I'm So Humble", and "Ashley Wednesday" were hilarious, and will possibly soon make their way onto my playlist. Some were way too over-the-top, however, providing only shock value humor, such as "Finest Girl" or "Equal Rights", which are not anything close to as effective as other songs. There are also songs that fall in-between, which are either ridiculously random ("Incredible Thoughts") or just aren't that funny ("Ibitha").
Aside from the comedy, the film is also well-written overall. It is a good character-based story. The character really develops over the course of the film, allowing the audience to sympathize with him. While the film's ending can be predicted pretty easily, I wouldn't call the film predictable as a whole, as the events that it took to get there are not predictable.
The mockumentary element of the film is very well-done. The cinematography is good, and the film definitely provides the feeling of being similar to a reality show, which is what it seems to be aiming for.
So overall, I really liked "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping". It was more consistently funny than most mockumentaries, however a few of the songs in the film fell a bit flat. It is definitely worth checking for fans of the group.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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