Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

A fun music mockumentary in the vein of This Is Spinal Tip (my favourite comedy), setting its targets on pop music of the day, and the tacky films the likes of Justin Bieber and Katy Perry build around their careers.

There are a lot of gags here, and not every one hits, but more than enough do – I particularly liked the demented TMZ segments, with Will Arnett doing a great comic impression of Harvey Levin.

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The film’s surprisingly short, and it feels like a lot was cut out (the soundtrack having plenty of songs not in the movie jives with this). The main story at play is also very thin and typical for the genre; I would have rathered something a bit more playful and different. The more scathing gags aimed at pop music culture of the day worked a lot better than the more general gags, and something a little more honed in that direction might have worked better than a typical “reunite band after arguments” story.

Still, a very funny movie, with some very catchy tunes. I give it three and a half incredible thoughts, and a sample of the tripod noise from 2005’s The War of the Worlds.

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