Monday, March 11 2013, 06:15 PM MDT
Movie Review: Don't Stop Believin' - Everyman's Journey
Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Ramona S. Diaz
Rated: Not Rated
Recommended to: Fans of true uplifting stories that prove that the impossible dream is actually possible as long as you put the work in and never stop believing.
Ramona S. Diaz’s documentary about Arnel Pineda, a Pilipino singer that was plucked from obscurity when he was offered the chance of being the new lead singer for the stadium-filling rock band Journey based on a YouTube video, is almost too good to be true. The cynic in me doesn’t want to believe the story, but the struggling artist in me can’t help but need it to be true. Pineda had a talent, stuck with it for decades and when the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity came he embraced it and became an icon for the Pilipino community in the process. I’ve never thought much of Journey, but “Don’t Stop Believin’” has definitely made me a fan of Pineda.
-Ryan Michael Painter