‘Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream’ Doc Reveals Little But Entertains Plenty

"Beyonce: Life Is But a Dream" (Photo: HBO)

In a span of a few weeks, Beyoncé Knowles has been inundating us with her Bey! Bey! Beyoncé-ness: from being GQ’s sexy February cover girl; causing an uproar of controversy as the “Star-Spangled Scammer” at President Obama’s inauguration; giving an explosive performance at this year’s Super Bowl, and just this Saturday night, debuting her HBO documentary “Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream.” With all of this constant exposure from the “Beyhive,” we may be suffering from a little Beyoncé Fatigue admittedly, but that didn’t stop us from wanting to see her newest manifesto hit the small screen in a big way.

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For those of you who aren’t nauseous yet, here are some of our thoughts on her new doc:

+ Being the fiercely private person that Beyoncé is, we’re a bit surprised that the 31-year-old pop icon decided to undertake a documentary, although we have to admit, the 90-minute diva-opus wasn’t full of mindblowing revelations, except for the fact she admitted to having a miscarriage before having Blue Ivy.

+ An amalgam of childhood footage, concert performances, and being interviewed at her home, “Life Is But a Dream”—to put it simply—is a reflection of who Beyoncé is: an entertainer who is talented, hardworking, and really damn lucky or blessed—whatever you want to call it.

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+ Her backstory to becoming famous isn’t dramatic material; like many Bey fans know, she grew up in a nice middle class home in Houston, Texas, with loving parents…and then became ridiculously famous. The end.

+ In the doc, she claims her life’s biggest struggles were breaking professional ties with her dad, who had managed her career since she was a teen, and the pain of losing her first child.

As for the highlights? Well, aside from seeing her grow into being her own manager and working her divalicious butt off, you get to see glimpses of her loving relationship with Jay-Z (they apparently enjoy singing Coldplay songs to each other) and a sneak peek of the chubby cuteness that is Blue Ivy.

And despite the eye-rolling moments in which Beyoncé felt the need to convince the world that she’s human and just like everybody else, it was reassuring to see she had artistic vision for her music and to hear her strong vocals play out, raw and untouched.

Perhaps being exposed to Madonna’s “Truth or Dare” in all of its uncensored provocation totally ruined it for us, but we have to admit, as a whole, Mrs. Knowles’ self-directed and executive produced project didn’t feel incredibly substantive. Her doc appeared to be mostly a testament to her talents as an artist and a top-notch performer—but that could be why it’s arguably worth watching.

And maybe that’s ultimately Beyoncé’s point: Like she tells her screaming fans at the end of the film, she wants to immerse you into an empowering world of music and dance and make you forget about your everyday worries and stresses, even if just for a little while. As for anything else about her, well, that’s nobody’s business.

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