after watching singer’s sweet film
via social networking websites. That wholesome image as the boy-next-door is reinforced by Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 3D, a life-affirming behind the scenes documentary about the boy wonder’s rise to fame – culminating in his first concert at Madison Square Garden. If you believe Jon Chu’s film – and let us not forget this is a recording company marketing tool – the singer is well protected from the media glare by a team of people which resembles one big, happy family. So you have a tour bus crammed with bodyguard The boy’s father appears briefly but the film glosses over the breakdown of the relationship with Justin’s mother Pattie Mallette, who has raised him single-handedly since she was 18. Chu structures his film as a diary of the 10 days leading up to the New York concert, during which time Justin’s vocal chords become inflamed. One date on the tour is cancelled, stoking anxiety that the youngster might not be fit to perform, providing the necessary dramatic tension. The film attests to Bieber’s ability to sing live, including U Smile with backing from Boyz II Men and the infuriatingly catchy Baby. Call a doctor – I may have contracted Bieber fever. FAMILY WATCH: No Swearing, No Sex, No Violence.
FRESH-FACED: The film shows Justin can sing live.