always say to myself “I need to watch more documentaries” but I always forget to and end up watching Shrek for the billionth time of an evening. But this has been a documentary that I have been looking forward to seeing for a long while.
I have loved Lady Gaga’s music ever since she came onto the music scene back in 2008 with her hit 'Just Dance'. But as I grew up and as she got weirder, I kinda fell out of love with her, especially when her album Artpop came out. That was my final straw. Then along came 'Joanne'.
Her latest album shows a much more natural, stripped back Gaga which I immediately adored. This documentary that just dropped on Netflix last night shows you the process of making this album from recording in the studio with Mark Ronson to that epic half time performance she made at this year’s Superbowl.
I was so excited to see the behind the scenes of how one of my favourite albums from last year was made. From recording with the fabulous Florence Welch to the making of the 'Perfect Illusion' music video to the success of the album; and we got all that in this film. I adored seeing every part of the creative process that goes into making something that is so huge and popular and it was really fascinating. But what was even more fascinating was the rawness of it all.
We saw a very different side to Gaga that we are used to in the media and from how she has portrayed herself as these past 9 years. We see the woman behind the madness. We see her pain, her heartbreak, her tears. We saw her daily struggle with fibromyalgia, which she revealed a few days ago that she suffers from the illness that stemmed from when she broke her hip on stage 3 years ago.
It was totally shocking and emotional to see her in so much pain, being massaged from head to toe with bags of ice on various different parts of her body ton help soothe her pain. All the while her hair and make-up artists are getting her ready for her next interview. We even see her getting treatment for this chronic pain in a hospital, draped in a surgical nightie with a doctor injecting her in the back of her next while her make-up girl is applying eyeshadow! There is no doubt of this woman bravery and love for her fan base.
We see the story behind 'Joanne' in this documentary - why the album is called that and what the title track is really about. When this is revealed, it is utterly heartbreaking. I was sobbing. I so want to share it with you but my words cannot express how beautifully sad this is. You need to go watch it yourself. It absolutely gives the song even more emotion and meaning.
I adore the sound engineering throughout this film which is again something you need to witness for yourself. The way it put together gives the film a smooth flow, making one section combine effortlessly with the next, even thought they are about different topics. Along with this, the editing of the whole thing is superb. Even though the camera work is a bit dodgy at times but that doesn’t matter. How it all fits together gave idol much more meaning and focus to what is being said.
There is one particular part when Gaga is preparing to leave a building through a swarm of adoring fans. We see her in a plain white tee, hair in a messy bun and a sparkly necklace, greeting and having selfies with her fans but we also see contrasting footage from many different occasions h=she has done this over the years with her wild and wacky stylings. You actually forget all the different looks she has had until they are all flashing in front of you. And now we see an artist, a woman, who is so sure of herself and comfortable in her own skin without the need of the massive coloured hair and quite frankly ridiculous costumes. This was something g beautiful to see.
This whole film is just that - beautiful. Lady Gaga is one of the most famous people in the world yet here, we she the real, raw, emotional her and she is just like us. Trying her best through all the pain and suffering that life throws at her yet never giving up. She truly is inspiring and a role model to everyone. If you are thinking about watching Shrek, watch this instead. You won’t regret it.