Director: John Taylor
Cast: Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Sophie Turner, Priyanka Chopra, Danielle Jonas, Kevin Jonas Sr., Denise Jonas, Miley Cyrus, Frankie Jonas
Chasing Happiness, an Amazon Prime Original is a self-produced documentary based on the lives of the Jonas Brothers, Nick, Joe, and Kevin. It charts their journey from the time they lived in a two-bedroom house in New Jersey to becoming one of the world’s biggest pop acts. The most ambitious of the three is the youngest brother, Nick, who started writing songs and singing and later got his brothers into the business. They were helped by their father, a pastor in a New Jersey church, who plunged $90,000 of his savings into paying for the boys to tour the country.
Featuring home videos, candid interviews and archival tour and studio footage, the film is a largely honest account of the band. Mostly, because the film doesn’t fully answer what prompted the brothers to part ways. In 2013, the band split, causing a major rift between the brothers. Nick, who is now married to Priyanka Chopra, wanted to take up the Broadway project How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Joe embarked on a solo career and Kevin gained fame with the reality show Married to Jonas featuring him and his wife.
A bit of secrecy is perhaps to be expected in a self-produced documentary. However it’s frustrating as by and large, Chasing Happiness is a candid account of the relationship between the brothers. For instance, Nick Jonas is shown being attention-seeking and ambitious, qualities that often chafed his brothers. And the brothers admit that they reunited in 2019 because their individual careers were less successful.
The brothers have grown up in the six years they’ve been apart, and this is evident in their comeback album Happiness Begins, which lacks the giddy quality of their earlier music. The single ‘Sucker’ topped the Billboard 100 chart in March, suggesting that the brothers are back on track to regain their position as boy band royalty.
Even though the band doesn’t quite talk about the reason they split, Chasing Happiness is an honest account of the rise, fall, and rise of the Jonas Brothers. Fans will enjoy footage of the brothers singing songs in their little childhood apartment and hustling, with the help of their father, to make it big.
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