Beyoncé’s HBO Documentary: Next Stop, World Domination?
The hair-whipping, the stomping, the wind machines, the python-and-iguana bodysuit, and the faces … oh, the faces – it was 13 minutes of sheer awesomeness. She crushed it, crushed it with such authority she broke the lights.
There’s no denying Beyoncé is one fierce, fabulous, over-the-top b***h who perfects every single move/hair toss/side eye/smile; that’s what makes her the Queen B.
I received a screener for Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream before the Beyoncé Bowl, but I didn’t watch it until after her half-time performance (partly because I’m a procrastinator, partly because I wanted to know how different a dozen minutes of Beyoncé would be in comparison to a 90-minute documentary about Bey that she directed herself). If you saw her half-time show, or have ever seen her perform during an awards show, then you’ve seen a lot of it before. The thumb-suck during “Crazy in Love?” Meh, nothing new. The “Single Ladies” routine? Been there, done that, albeit this time it featured two of Destiny’s Children who were conveniently saddled with broken microphones.
We’ve also seen the visuals before. The screen with a bunch of dancing Beyoncés on the screen was already done at the Billboard Awards in 2011 for “Run the World (Girls)” — which just happens to be the first performance Bey does knowing she was carrying Blue Ivy, or as she puts it in the HBO doc, “with child.”
Life Is But a Dream wants to be an intimate, revealing doc, and to a certain extent, it is –there are a lot of first-person footage personal journals Beyoncé confides to her laptop. We see how much she values family, how spiritual she is, how hard she works, and how much her career takes from her, both physically andemotionally. Beyoncé touches on just about everything, from breaking away from her father to become her own manager and building her own company, to her deep love for husband Jay-Z, and learning she was pregnant with Blue Ivy. She also lets viewers in on her miscarriage and how she coped, and we also find out her thoughts on all that pesky surrogate talk.
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