I thought it would be a fun romp, considering how much I've always loved her music.
Instead, I cried and cried. Katy's movie isn't just a backstage pass to her concert tour and a timeline of her career like an E! True Hollywood Story. It has raw emotion, and it is clear that Katy isn't playing a part, just being herself.
What made me cry? Watching Katy's marriage end as her career is taking off, over the course of a year. Watching her as she describes the dream lifelong relationships she wants, stresses about making it work across such distance but making huge effort, and then falling apart as thousands of fans are waiting to go on stage. Some people watch their favorite singers and imagine what it's like to be them. When I watched this movie, I KNEW what it was like to be Katy. Because I went through the death of a marriage at the same young age, after the same huge hopes, and felt those same emotions. As the tweens around me sang along and smiled, I wiped away tears as I saw Katy's pain.
But I also saw her resilience, and it all made me love her even more. She, and her music, help me face every day... whether celebrating the good or persevering through the bad.