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Release Date: 11/04/22
Runtime: 95 Minutes

"After years in the limelight, Selena Gomez achieves unimaginable stardom. But just as she reaches a new peak, an unexpected turn pulls her into darkness."


Selena Gomez promises in the very beginning of her new documentary that she will only tell us her darkest secrets. For me, that was enough to start crying. Thankfully it wasn’t for another 15 minutes, but rest assured I did sob. 


Just like any documentary about a pop star in the last five years, we see the tearful moments before a performance, the uncomfortable team meetings, and the childhood home video clips.


When Selena shows us the lowest of the lows, it feels different, because it is. You can tell she doesn’t subscribe to the same type of pop star route the way her peers do. She sees right through all the nonsense of being famous. A series of health scares that is later talked about, further puts that into perspective. 


This documentary has many great moments, but if I could give it one solid critique it would be that it lacks solid timeline structure. I’m not saying I need it to follow a special formula, which I’m glad this doesn’t do, but everything at the end just felt like a glorified fan compilation on YouTube. 


That being said, I did really like this. It’s great to see Selena, the person, feel more freedom after overcoming such obstacles. As a documentary, I just wish it flowed a little stronger.

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