Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey benefits greatly from having a strong personality as its focal point. Pineda is charismatic, self-effacing and humorous - his impoverished upbringing adding further resonance to the rags-to-riches story arc.
That upbeat, Cinderella-like angle does grow a little weary at times however, and the hardship faced by Pineda constantly being on the road and so far away from his family is skirted over (there's a feeling that tougher moments were perhaps left on the cutting room floor). We're also offered a band bio which runs alongside Pineda's story, showcases the phenomena that are Journey (something which eluded UK audiences until the advent of Glee), and the documentary is very much geared around the good time, up-beat aura the band project. At 100 minutes, the film runs dangerously close to outstaying its welcome, but like its subject matter, Diaz's Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey is both amiable and appealing (no prizes for guessing which tune is saved for Pineda's triumphant home gig in Manila). Just don't expect to see an accurate portrait of life on the road, will you.