By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
“I always battle with ‘How much do I reveal about myself?’” Beyonce tells fans in her documentary “Life Is But a Dream.” The film aired Saturday on HBO and it did open up certain aspects of the singer’s life. Rehearsal chaos at the Billboard Music Awards, private moments with Jay-Z and glimpses at her bare stomach (proving that she gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy) all shined a light on the notoriously private star. But was it enough?
The documentary itself did not delve deeply into issues like Beyonce’s falling out with father and former manager Mathew Knowles. There were also no contributions from husband Jay-Z or other family members in the form of interviews or commentary.
Many fans on Twitter thought the documentary did not live up to high expectations and blasted the work for failing to reveal real juice about Beyonce’s life. “I can’t even lie, this Beyonce doc is low key boring,” said one and admitted, “I tried watching this HBO doc on Beyonce but gave up at 17 min. She is really, truly, REALLY boring.”
Others applauded the diva for letting the cameras capture whatever private moments it did, especially given Beyonce’s reputation for being guarded. “That Beyonce documentary is the most realist and most beautiful thing I ever saw a artist reveal about themselves. She’s a strong individual,” critiqued a fan. “I enjoyed the Beyonce documentary…its not easy to open up and reveal personal things when you’re naturally a private person,” said someone else.