Beyonce “Life Is But A Dream” Documentary. Did It Reveal Enough?

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As a big Beyonce fan I was so excited to sit down and watch her HBO documentary “Life Is But A Dream” which premiered over the weekend. I first met Beyonce back in 1997 when Destiny’s Child first started to make their mark. I’ll always remember that first meeting with her. She had no make-up on and her beauty and talent were undeniable!! Beyonce was simply dressed in a tank top and army green pants, and I remember watching them rehearse back stage, and I couldn’t keep my eyes off Beyonce. It was obvious to all of us watching that she would eventually break away from Destiny Child and become a solo star.

Fast forward to today. Throughout her career she has remained a very private star. We’ve learned about her here and there through interviews, but she has done a hell of job staying out of trouble and the headlines. So when Beyonce revealed that she was releasing a documentary about her life and now that it has aired, many are saying it didn’t give us enough.

I totally disagree with those who blasted her on Twitter saying she was boring. Harsh reviews also came from the media.
The Washington Post: “Life Is but a Dream has no through-line, no linear narrative. It’s more like a hallucinatory advertisement for success, and to her credit Beyonce put the word ‘dream’ in the title. The theme is celebrity ennui alternating with spiritual and emotional fulfillment. Which isn’t much of a theme.”

The Hollywood Reporter: “A film that sells itself as a candid self-portrait ends up revealing not much at all.” And, “This is less a documentary portrait than a micromanaged video diary exploring the R&B superstar’s relationship with her laptop.”

In this film Beyonce expresses that her private life is hers to own and no ones business. I agree with her. In “Life Is But A Dream” Beyonce reflects on her childhood, her relationship with her father/manager. She did share some private tender moments with Jay Z. She opened up about her miscarriage, we learned that she was on tour and pregnant and how she hid that (for a second time) which of course led up to the MTV Awards where she showed us all that she was with child. At the end we got to see Blu Ivy. It was enough for me. I respect her and love her as an artist. Beyonce is the truth. What did you think?

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