*1/2 (out of four)
Truth: My lifelong Cubs fandom doesn't make me biased against “Don't Stop Believin',” a documentary about the new-ish frontman for massive ’80s rock band Journey, whose iconic song became the theme for the 2005 World Series champion White Sox.
What I am biased against, however, are music docs that tell less than half the story. It happens a lot. Recently, “
Yet the way director Ramona S. Diaz interviews only those closely tied to the band and constantly tries to assert the wisdom of adding Pineda, you'd think “Don't Stop Believin’” were made by a member of Pineda's family. The film glosses over any tough details, from the late-'90s departure of longtime Journey singer Steve Perry to Pineda's problems with drugs and alcohol before he joined Journey. How does he feel about audiences who spout racial epithets, or that he had to give up his original voice to sing another artist's songs? Or that it never seems like he's truly integrated into the band, merely a guy who shows up for gigs and gets thanked by the real members?
No idea. Other than tiny complaints about traveling and battling illness, Pineda's all smiles, as if the film has passed through a publicist before hitting theaters. “Don't Stop Believin' ” includes Pineda stating, “I'm living a fairy tale right now” but completely loses track of his friend and biggest fan who uploaded Pineda's work to YouTube and is thus partially responsible for the Journey singer's gig. Rather than shade the story, Diaz thinks screaming fans and Pineda’s newfound opportunity to meet
Because clearly Journey's just as popular now as they ever were and will be around forever …
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