“But for all the special did reveal, the reviews are in, and many are grumbling that Beyoncé didn’t reveal enough.”[USA Today]
Let’s hope that despite her star wattage DNA, Blue Ivy can’t read just yet, because the reviews of Beyonce’s HBO documentary are in – and the critics are being none too kind about it. Many who saw Life Is But A Dream when it premiered Saturday night found it to have been far too controlled by Beyonce who only gives a very fleeting glimpse into her personal life, and that too at an arms length.
If you’ve seen the film, let us know what you think. If not, read what others have been saying about the famously private Beyonce’s control over her media image:
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.”
Entertainment Weekly: “On one hand, the movie could be exactly what it says it is: a verité video-quilt stitched from snippets of the private life of America’s current First Performer. … Or you could take the cynic’s view say that the whole thing is a sham, just a televised press release designed to provide the same kind of rigidly distanced intimacy that we get from the snapshots on Beyoncé’s immaculately curated Instagram feed.”
The New York Times: “Beyoncé: Life Is but a Dream is as contrived as Madonna: Truth or Dare, but probably for good reason it is neither daring nor entirely truthful. It’s an infomercial, not just about Beyoncé’s talent onstage but her authenticity behind the scenes.”