“Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” Review

1 September, 2016

Directors: Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone
Screenwriters: Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Andy Samberg
Director of Photography: Brandon Trost
Cast: Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone

Synopsis: Three inseparable friends who forged a successful career in the music industry go through a dramatic break-up in the public eye after their frontman decides to launch his own career. Now a world famous superstar in his own right, the singer soon discovers that mainstream success cannot last forever.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Review:

“Popstar: Never Stop Stopping” sees The Lonely Island take on the mainstream music scene in an egotistical comedy with hilarious intentions. It’s a film made for those with even a faintest awareness of Justin Bieber and other such cultural phenomena, although it speaks to the most well-informed viewer in a scarily accurate mockumentary format that coasts from mundane snapchats and choreographed concerts to leaked nudes and free albums people didn’t ask for.

The more you know about Bieber the funnier it becomes as Andy Samberg’s interpretation of the cherished pretty boy is so strikingly accurate that even his meaningless tattoos mirror the very essence of the singer’s constructed image. That’s not to say that there aren’t other pop music references in there too as the team clearly scoured every inch of the music industry in order to find a ton of celebrity cameos to add to the scope of their takedown.

As expected, “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” is most amusing when consumed as a series of playful sketches and the crawl to feature length definitely has its shortcomings in such an inherently silly movie. There’s some great writing here though and more fantastic work from the Lonely Island crew who really capture the essence of fame and fortune through the emptiness of song lyrics and synchronised dance routines.



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