“I WANTED TO SEE MORE OF THE PERSON, NOT THE PERFORMER” Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (A Review PART 2)

As I mentioned in part 1 of this review (see “SHE DID IT FOR HER CULTURE, THE FANS & ENTERTAINMENT!” Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (A Review PART 1)), I lcame away with conflicting and contradictory opinions about the concert documentary. On the one hand, I thought it was well thought out and put together visually and I enjoyed the watch. On the other hand, I wanted to see more behind the scenes – more of Beyoncé the woman, the wife and mother.

I saw glimpses, but I wanted more!

There’s a lot of pressure that comes with living up to peoples expectations, especially when you’re in the limelight and such a popular public figure. This was evident here. In the first behind the scenes look, she opens up how was was unable to perform at Coachella previously because she was pregnant with the twins. Common knowledge. But what we didn’t really know was the struggles she went through post pregnancy to get back on track. I’m sure many women could relate to that, in doing so she became “just like us”. She became more relatable to mothers out their who’ve been through the same things. It was refreshing to remember and see that she is, in fact human.

I think as “fans” of people in the limelight, we forget that they hold the same characteristics we do and go through the same things “normal” people do.

I’m just at bad as everyone else. In the back of my mind, I too saw Beyoncé almost like Superwoman. Every performance I’d seen her do she was FLAWLESS. Even though I wouldn’t call myself a “Beyhive”, I could understand why they loved her so much. (Some take it too far, I’m just talking about the less crazy superfans). So, when she spoke about how difficult it was to get back into rehearsals and how it took longer to get in shape after having the twins and how she realised that her body needed to take it slow, I was like “wow!” Seeing her struggle with choreography in the beginning and seeing how she had to push herself really made me sympathise.

In my niave state, I thought that, because she is “The Queen B”, she was immune to “regular mum syndrome”. You know what I mean… the feeling of tiredness, missing the kids when working, things like that. I had a pre misconception about it all. She had the same maternal instincts just like my mum and other mums out there.

This brings me back to why I said I wanted to see more of the person, mother and wife. Sure, we saw it with the shots of Blue Ivy and the twins coming to surprise mummy in rehearsals and her husband’s interactions in various shots. I think what would have made that better was if it was more family centered so I could understand her better.

On the other hand, I understood the point pf the documentary was to show the preparation- the journey to Coachella with emphasis on the black community and culture.

I just think it would have be nice to have a balance of both the family, human aspect as well as performance side. Although, I did appreciate we saw a bit of that.

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