by Meghan Reilly
Since becoming a celebrity, Beyoncé has captivated her fans with the mystery that is her personal life. Last Thursday night, HBO premiered her documentary, Beyoncé: Life is But a Dream, satisfying America’s craving for a special peek into her normally very private personal life.
The documentary opened with home videos and Beyoncé talking about her father, who managed her for 14 years before she severed business ties with him after she believed he was stealing from her, according to nbc.com. The home video and her personal video clips on the subject give the viewer a special glance into her life as a young girl and how her relationship with her father changed.
Beyoncé also talks about preparing for her performance at the 2011 Billboard Awards and about her miscarriage. Watching the process of preparing for her performance was a fascinating glimpse into how much time and effort is required to succeed with such a complicated set. Similarly, Beyoncé’s home video clips of her inner turmoil over her first pregnancy, and the heart-wrenching pain she expresses when she loses the baby are incredibly emotional and powerful to watch.
Perhaps the most intimate moment of the documentary comes when she talks about her love for her husband, rapper Jay-Z. The old clip of her toasting him on his birthday, telling him how much she loves him, and the video of them singing “Yellow” by Coldplay at dinner satisfy the audience’s long-held curiosity about the personal moments of their relationship..
Fittingly, the documentary ends with an appearance of Blue Ivy Carter, the couple’s daughter, whose parents have done a very impressive job at keeping her out of the spotlight. The video clips of Beyoncé and her daughter provide a perfect ending to the documentary, leaving the viewer with a touching picture of mother and child as the screen fades to black.
Overall, the documentary offers a never-before seen look into Beyoncé’s personal life. The clips Beyoncé takes of herself on her laptop and the reflections she provides talking directly to the camera truly shed light on the life of one of the most talented and successful artists of her generation.