I've been a Jonas Brother fan for a long time, and can remember everything about the morning they went on GMA to announce their official split. My middle and high school years were supported by their uplifting music, and eventually led me to meet and make some of my best friendships while at Ohio State because of our shared love of their music.
To watch this documentary and see just how unhappy and stressed their relationship had become, provided answers to so many questions fans like myself have had since that October day they split up.
My respect for the Joe, Kevin, & Nick throughout the events that led to this point in their personal and professional lives has grown exponentially. I wish I had known all of the pain and tension between them when I met them at their concert in Cleveland on July 15th, 2013 (a few months before Nick sat everyone down to end things) (and yes I know the date by heart don't @ me).
From a technical standpoint, the organization of this documentary is smooth and entertaining. As a fan who knows her Jonas history, I appreciated the details of their upbringing and how much time was spent establishing them as brothers in a band versus a band conviently put together because they were brothers. You did not need to have this prior knowledge to get the full effect, so if you are new to their music, don't feel like you have to click away. The pacing was good, not dwelling on the "Disney" days, but rather those defining moments that definitely took them off the path to happiness. There were moments of nostalgia, several that made me laugh and / or cheer out loud (specifically around the 45min mark), and those that broke my heart. I appreciated the individual interviews from fellow band members, Big Rob, producers, and family members who witnessed the process "from the outside looking in," so to speak. The included musical selections were great, and the piece overall reminded me of how much happiness these guys have brought me. If I had to give a complaint, it would've been nice to see a little more of the now / healing process through this lense rather the televised interviews to come in the near future.
There were definitely years in their career where (from a fan's perspective) they felt larger than life, so the opportunity to see and hear them speak in such vulnerable ways humanized and therefore set them apart from what other groups try to do when presenting their "why". The reason I, and so many fans appreciated them, was their ability to find those connection points, and in "Chasing Happiness," I believe the Jonas Brothers take the journey to the dream and show that not every part leads to happiness if you don't actively prioritize it. I could say so much about these guys as far as growth goes, but this is a product review and I'll share those thoughts on a platform where they might actually read it (Twitter). (If you are interested in those thoughts, though, I'm happy to share if requested.)
Overall, a great documentary that illustrates how, even with the garabage life can throw at you, you can go chasing happiness with those who lift you up while also inspiring others in the process.