DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY Movie Review
It’s a story you truly have to see to believe. Journey, one of the most popular bands in the history of music, was without a lead singer in 2006. The members still wanted to make music and tour the nation, but they couldn’t do it without a front man who could come close to the level of the iconic Steve Perry. Then, they found their guy, a man from the Philippines who they found on youtube, and the rest they say, is history. This is Don’t Stop Believin’ Everyman’s Journey, the incredible story of Arnel Pineda.
I really enjoyed this movie. It’s hard not, when you realize how truly incredible a story it is. Pineda was born and raised in the Phillipines. When his mother died at the age of 13, he was left homeless, forced to raise his younger brothers and sisters. Pineda would sing on street corners and with friends for money and food, and was barely able to make it through day by day. The film does a fantastic job of filling you in on the hard ships that Pineda has dealt with his whole life.
The movie isn’t just about Pineda though. Of course he is the featured character, but you also learn more about the other members of Journey, who were always overshadowed in the days of Steve Perry and his memorable voice. The film seemlessly weaves the band touring in present time with stories of the old days, and gave great insight on what was happening behind the scenes when the band fell apart in the 90’s.
It’s impossible to not love Pineda. As the drummer says often in the movie, “Arnel you are just a rock star man.” He truly is. His smile and personality are infectious, and his raw talent is unquestioned. Pineda is so soft spoken on the bus and with the band throughout the flick, but when he’s on stage, his voice roars through the entire stadium.
The film is a true documentary that is lighthearted throughout. Most of the footage is shot during their Revelation Tour of the US, and wraps up with Pineda returning home to the Phillipines. There is an incredible infectious sense of pride and happiness felt by the entire country that you can sense immediately when citizens of the country talk about their new hero. And in an ending that shocks no one, Pieda sings his heart out, performing the bands most well known song, that turned into a motto of Pineda’s. Of course, I’m taling about the song that inspires the title of the movie: Don’t Stop Believing.
This movie is a must watch if you are a fan of Journey, classic bands from the 80’s, or simply if you have a heart and want to be inspired. The story is uplifting, and at times literally awe-inspiring. Don’t miss Don’t Stop Believin’ Everyman’s Joruney, as it serves to remind us how truly amazing the world, and the people who inhabit it, can be.
What do you think of Arnel’s story? Is he as good or better then Steve Perry? Let us know what you think in the comments!