If there’s one thing to take away from the phenomenal new Backstreet Boys documentary Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of, it’s precisely how talented these five gentlemen really are. There’s a reason that they’re the best-selling boy band of all-time. They know how to carry a great tune. That’s what the film really explores at its heart. Yes, there’s a vignette into their trials and tribulations and some of the much-publicized controversies. It doesn’t shy away from that, hooking the viewer. However, what you’ll leave with is a bunch of fantastic and now timeless songs from a formidable group.
One of the film’s most powerful aspects is its focus on the creation of the band’s latest offering of 2013’s In a World Like This. It’s the moment where A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell really shine the most. Watching them jamming in the studio also feels strangely poignant as the purported image has always been of the quintet on stage in front of thousands dancing with no instruments. These intimate moments make Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of a true gem as far as music documentaries go.
There are moments where you’ll cry, and there are moments where you’ll laugh. The bravery of the Boys comes through as they pull down the curtain and open like never before. As much as it is a commentary on the pop music world and its evolutions, it’s also potent and poetic narrative about five friends growing up.
Most importantly though, you’ll walk away singing along louder than ever.
Source: Artist Direct