“Celine: Through the Eyes of the World” is part-travelogue, part-concert and all about the superstar who has touched so many hearts with her music.
I had no idea this movie even existed, let alone that it would screen at limited times and dates in the Quad-Cities.
Her 2008-2009 “Taking Chances” world tour took her from continent to continent, and the audience travels along as she greets audiences in 25 countries on five continents. For Celine fans, particularly those who haven’t had the good fortune or the finances to hold a ticket, this documentary is the next-best thing to actually being there.
She is shown traveling with her husband and manager, René Angélil, her son and her mother, along with an entourage of what seems to be dozens, maybe even hundreds, of performers and others who dance, play, sing, create costumes and run the mechanics of a show that’s quite involved and spectacular.
You’ll get to hear lots of her hit songs as well as classics such as “It’s a Man’s World” and “River Deep, Mountain High.” Wisely, the finale includes her titanic (pun intended) hit “My Heart Will Go On.”
To be honest, I went into this thinking I’d probably be bored. I was pleasantly surprised when I realized the movie had me hooked about 15 minutes into the film. It’s just plain interesting to see the private life of almost anyone unfold, let alone someone as world-renowned as Celine.
Celine is one of those bigger-than-life performers, like Madonna or Barbra Streisand, who has a fan base that’s incredible to ponder. It’s mesmerizing to see audiences all over the world singing along in French and/or English, and to see the moment when she was presented with the Legion of Honour medal.
I enjoyed watching as Celine and her family became tourists in the countries she visited, whether she was taking in the sounds and sights of Africa or Australia. Above all, it’s fascinating to watch her music unite the world as audiences from Dubai and Amsterdam sing familiar lyrics.
I wish the movie had included a little about Celine’s humble past. Still, her humility is evident at meet-and-greet events where she is touched by the stories of her fans.
Watching her fans talk to Celine, in fact, is akin to watching film of the late Princess Diana being welcomed. She is every bit as adored, every bit as kind, every bit as iconic.