The film, directed by Michael Gracey, is one among the recent slate of concert documentaries. It’s not as proclamation (although it aims to be) as Demi Lovato’s Dancing With the Devil or Justin Bieber’s Seasons, nor does it glare with its technical discernment into her tour performances like Beyoncé’s Homecoming. But it’s fascinating — a love letter to the fans who have watched the artist grow up, and to her children, who might not recall all the details about their badass mother.
The doc follows Pink throughout the summer of 2019 as she tours through Europe on her “Beautiful Trauma” world tour with her children and husband, Carey Hart, a former professional motocross competitor. Its starting moments with success set two sides of the musician: the valorous artiste swinging on a chandelier-like structure over a jam-packed stadium in a black shiny leotard, and the busy mother ushering her family from one town to consequent.
All I Know So Far brings us out traveling with veteran singer and performer Pink on the string of European bowl dates that enclosed her two-night stand at London’s Wembley Stadium in June 2019. It puts us within the private jets, ground transportation, elegant edifice suites, and expansive backstage areas where Pink lives her life when she’s not out there doing the damn thing, that the Beautiful Trauma World Tour included the ever-daredevil star swinging from a gilded, outsized chandelier and boogying up and down many isometric feet of ramp staging as a full band complete with the rhythm section, keys, guitar, cello/violin, and a phalanx of backup singers and dancers regenerate hits from the Beautiful Trauma record, catalog material, and a trickle of covers into full-throttle, shout-along anthems. From “What About Us” and “Perfect” to “Just Like a Pill” and, of course, “Get the Party Started,” All I Know So Far‘s live material sputter with euphoric joy.
The live stuff operates at a high level here, however, it’s that message of empowerment and annexation that Pink stresses on. After a scene where she reads fun tweets from fans while grooming in the makeup chair, the doc cuts to a calmer moment back at the hotel and stays with the singer as she reads a heartfelt letter from a fan in its totality. And after 25 years in the industry, if Pink is still motivated to make her fans’ day, then that’s probably propellant enough for the former gymnast to courageously hook up her aerial harness to a series of carabiners and cables and take off hundreds of feet into the air above Wembley, and all of that while singing the whole time. It’s a feat of combustible performance that serves as the crown jewel of this pleasing, disclosing documentary.
What keeps it fascinating is that Pink, even though being a parent, has the highly visible perfectionism that, in rock docs, is a form of enchantment. The film kicks off with Pink performing “Get the Party Started” while swinging from a chandelier. And she goes on to create a touching affiliation between the flamboyantly executed magnificence of her performance and the fact that her single mother, an ER nurse who could hardly afford it, would take her from Pennsylvania into New York City once every year just to see “Les Miz” or “La Cage aux Folles” or “The Phantom of the Opera.”
The songs are the golden nuggets you expect, all performed with riveting electro precision. “Beautiful Trauma” is a splendid fable of dangerous romance, one that became an incessant anthem; the crowd chants along with it. I’ve always loved how personal the lyrics are, and you can only assume whether Pink and her husband, who seems such a finely oiled unit, ever came to such a wretched climax. You might guess that they did, but watching “All I Know So Far,” you won’t see it. You get to see a contented and Productive rock ‘n’ roll family, close the way that any family is, but with 90 million records sold.
All I Know So Far may not absolutely trance those without a deep familiarity with Pink, however, it’ll please existing fans. The film shows a different side of her life, one in which she’s harnessing her unmanageable spirit and protected optimism to present to the world that she’s still a rock star.
Final Score – [8/10]
Reviewed by – Ritika Kispotta
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