Directed by Brian Hill, starring Robbie Williams.
Charismatic, confident and extremely cheeky are some of the words that spring to mind when thinking about Robbie Williams. In this feature length documentary, another side to the young star surfaces as we follow him on a five-week tour of various European cities. It is an intimate portrait of Williams that charts his changing attitude towards life in the fast lane and his perspective on the celebrity lifestyle itself.
The tour begins in Stockholm where Williams, who has given up drugs and alcohol, admits that he is disenchanted with the entertainment business. In what seems to be a very intimate and honest confession by the singer, one almost feels a tinge of sympathy for him when he admits that being a pop star is not all that it's cracked up to be. Who wants to be hunted by the press at every corner of the world? Switching back and forth from dissatisfaction to exhilaration about the pop world, it seems Williams doesn't quite know what he wants. Towards the end of the concert tour, however, Williams' attitude changes and he comes to the conclusion that life as a multi-millionaire celebrity is not so bad after all.
As expected, the documentary is steeped with footage of the various gigs – all shot in black and white to break with the otherwise colourful affair. Fans won't be disappointed, as there is plenty of Williams strutting his stuff back and forth across stage, doing what he does best.
Funded entirely by Williams himself, the question must be asked: how much of the real Robbie Williams do we get on screen? Sure we get tears, mood swings and laughs, but with such editorial control it makes one wonder. The camera never lies but it chooses when and where to shoot. And even if the camera is disloyal, there's always the editing suite.
On the positive side, the documentary gives us an insight into life on the road – and it certainly isn't the fun-crazed journey one might expect. In addition, 'Nobody Someday' is admittedly quite amusing. With good banter between Robbie and his concert team throughout, and with several unexpected episodes for Robbie and the audience, it does sustain interest. Although entertaining and insightful, I'm not sure, however, if it deserves theatrical release. Perhaps we'll leave that for the fans to decide.