(2021) (Documentary) (Not Rated)
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- Documentary: A look at singer/songwriter Pink as she tours Europe with her husband and two kids in tow.
The film follows singer-songwriter Pink (Alecia Moore) on the early European leg of her Beautiful Trauma World Tour with her husband Cary and their kids, 8-year-old Willow and 2-year-old Jameson, in tow. With stops in multiple cities before the big show in London's Wembley Stadium, Pink balances her professional and personal life.
- OUR TAKE: 6.5 out of 10
"They say that the road
Ain't no place to start a family
Right down the line
It's been you and me
And lovin' a music man
Ain't always what it's supposed to be"
"Faithfully" Journey, written by Jonathan Cain
While the Internet has helped in moving toward leveling the playing field with labels in terms of who makes money from songs and albums, artists still find the most lucrative revenue -- and sometimes the only real income -- comes from touring around the world. Of course, for the most part, that works best for single people as such tours can take months and occasionally even years to complete. All of which means lots of time away from home and family and with lots of distractions and temptations showing up in each port, so to speak.
The solution, of course, is to bring the family along and that's exactly what Alecia Beth Moore, also known as Pink (or P!nk if you want to get fancy), did with at least the early part of the European leg of her Beautiful Trauma World Tour in the summer of 2019. With husband Cary and their kids -- 8-year-old Willow and her 2-year-old brother Jameson -- in tow, she traveled from city to city, rehearsing, performing, and otherwise spending a lot of time with her family.
That's all fully on display in "P!nk: All I Know So Far" a documentary-concert film hybrid that, more accurately, is a slice of life examination of an artist on the road with those closest to her. As directed by Michael Gracey, the film follows the singer-songwriter over the course of 20 days from arriving in Amsterdam to finally playing London's Wembley Stadium (to more than 145,000 fans!), the latter being our reference point as on-screen titles indicate which city we're in at any given moment in the 90-some minute offering and how many days until that big concert.
One of the more remarkable things is that she's still giving it her all -- in aspects of being the boss of a team of 225 people and being a loving mom and wife -- toward the end of the tour which ran from March 2018 to November 2019 with 156 shows in 18 countries. Granted, reportedly raking in nearly $400 million over that span is plenty of incentive, but at some point, physical or mental exhaustion would seem to get the better of most anyone.
And perhaps Gracey doesn't show us those moments, but his film and Pink's presence and persona in it seems to suggest that's simply the way she's wired -- to give it her all and make sure her audience gets what they paid for.
That, and her apparent openness and honesty about her situation made me like her even more as a person and performer and want to watch more of her in this setting and in concert, and that's with me not being what I'd call a big fan.
All of that said, for those looking for a deep examination into the woman and performer and what drives her on all fronts, or the fascinating therapy-like sessions of the terrific 2004 music documentary "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" might find this offering too superficial for their tastes.
I can understand such a criticism, but I didn't mind the approach and ended up being entertained just the same. Showing that the title figure is just as good a mother as she is a boss and performer, and does so even on the road, "P!nk: All I Know So Far" rates as a 6.5 out of 10.
Reviewed May 19, 2021 / Posted May 21, 2021
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