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Please Subscribe takes YouTube subscribers on a whole new journey with their favorite YouTube creators, and provides a unique perspective on the actual inside lives of the YouTubers we love.

Please Subscribe is not a documentary about YouTube, or about how it works. It is a documentary that follows eight of the people behind some of the most popular channels on YouTube, how they started off, and how they got to where they are now. It’s a documentary about their journey, and what they did to become YouTube celebrities.

Dan Dobi, the director of Please Subscribe, provides incredible insight to the way of life of the people that have made up their own jobs, and become YouTube personalities (click here to see a pretty cool message from him). In an age where we are turning to the internet for news and entertainment, everyone is scrambling to get their little piece of the pie. I found Please Subscribe gives us a little hope here, we now know that it’s no longer giant corporates dictating to us what we should watch, and when. YouTube is user driven, it is us that have the power to decide if these guys stick around, whether we watch, give the thumbs up, or even subscribe, it’s our choice. And the people we want to watch, are just that, people.

The documentary is great, and gives the people who aren’t a part of the YouTube creators community an opportunity to see a whole new side of the YouTube personalities we love to “like”, as well as an education of what it really takes to make a career out of creating YouTube videos, which by the way, does not look particularly easy.

In Please Subscribe the subjects open us into their lives for the sake of their viewers, and allow the audience to get to know a deeper, much more sensitive side of themselves by really putting everything out there. I very much enjoyed the privilege of learning about their triumphs and struggles, and applaud the ability of these amazing people to be exposed in a different light.

Accompanied with great subjects, Please Subscribe is captivating, the soundtrack is great, and the filming very smooth. If I had one critique it would be I got caught up in the almost chunky way we moved to new subjects, but now that I think about it, it’s very similar to the way we click on new and related videos on YouTube. So that was actually pretty clever, and my argument is now invalid.

I’d definitely recommend watching Please Subscribe. Whether you’re dreaming of your own YouTube stardom, want to know about what it takes, or just want to know a bit more about the sensitive side to your favourite YouTubers, you should watch this.

The Stars

Grace Helbig

Daily Grace (Grace Helbig)

Dan Brown

Dan Brown

Hannah Hart

MyHarto (Hannah Hart)

Mitchel Davis

LiveLavaLive (Mitchell Davis)

Mystery Guitar Man

MysteryGuitarMan (Joe Penna)

Adam Montoya

SeaNanners (Adam Montoya)

Will Hyde

The Will of DC (Will Hyde)

Zach Anner

Zack Anner

Craig Benzine

Wheezy Waiter (Craig Benzine)

Review overview
Directing - 7
Acting - 8
Storytelling - 8
Would You Recommend? - 9
Auteur appreciator, and self-professed cinephile. In another life I would perhaps embrace my inner actress, but right now, I'm the Platform Manager at IndieReign - and it's awesome.


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