A documentary about the lives of YouTube celebrities sure sounds like it could be interesting. I ended up losing interest about halfway through. It tried several times to answer one question, why are these videos popular? In the end there really is not a concrete reason. Each “famous” YouTuber interviewed had no idea how their videos got so popular. I use the term famous loosely as there was only one person that I recognized throughout the entire documentary, Dan Brown, the guy who did that great video on how to solve a Rubik’s Cube. I guess it shows how much variety there is on YouTube. When I think of top YouTube personalities, they are all gaming related.
I can’t help but feel that this documentary would have been more interesting if it used people that I recognize, but that is a narrow-minded outlook. The main issue that I have is that most of the YouTubers were vloggers. I do not have a problem with vlogs, but it is just that vlogs by nature are already exploring behind the scenes of a person’s life so it seems redundant to spend time exploring the making of one. I think it would be interesting however, to watch a YouTuber make a documentary using footage from his or her vlogs.
There is a false ending that feels out of place. The credits roll and another ten minute interview takes place, followed by more credits. Did the director forget about the interview and shove it in at the last minute? Maybe it was done for comedic effect. The final interview was interesting and should have been placed earlier in the documentary, certainly before the credit roll.
Please Subscribe is repetitive. The time spent watching it is better spent on YouTube looking for new channels to subscribe to. If you are interested in seeing a great behind the scenes/making of video, James Rolfe has a great video of how he makes an Angry Video Game Nerd episode.