Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé
- Dec 4, 2023
Beyoncé’s latest film, “Renaissance,” is a compelling exploration of contrasts and the power of a global music icon. Capturing her recent concert tour, Beyoncé transforms effortlessly on stage, embodying various personas from a gracious goddess to an Afrofuturistic figure to a fierce seductress. Throughout the nearly three-hour documentary, she resonates with authenticity, masterfully delivering hit songs and demonstrating her exceptional dance skills. Interestingly, the film captures Beyoncé embracing the freedom of middle age, notably during a heartwarming birthday celebration led by Diana Ross at a Los Angeles concert.
As the creative force behind “Renaissance,” Beyoncé’s meticulous attention to detail shines through, much like in her previous documentary “Homecoming.” The film offers a unique behind-the-scenes look, distinct from straightforward concert films like “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour Movie.” It delves into personal aspects of Beyoncé’s life, including rehearsals, family moments with Jay-Z and their children, and heartfelt reunions with her Destiny’s Child bandmates. Beyoncé’s narrative goes beyond the personal, detailing the intricate logistics of the tour, from the stage’s scaffolding to the innovation of the video screens, and acknowledging the diverse crew that supports her, from drivers to hairstylists.
Fans of documentaries that focus on the creative process will find “Renaissance” intriguing, especially given Beyoncé’s unwavering commitment to perfection. The film, however, remains a highly curated view of Beyoncé’s world, where every moment is meticulously crafted. The editing is particularly notable, synchronizing with the music and showcasing an array of stunning outfits from renowned designers like Pucci, Loewe, and Gaurav Gupta.
“Renaissance” presents an intimate yet grand portrayal of Beyoncé’s artistry and the sense of community she fosters among her fans. Her role as a queer icon is highlighted, celebrating the inclusive spirit of her fan base and paying homage to influential figures in her life, like her late Uncle Johnny. The film is not just about Beyoncé’s visual and stylistic prowess but also her musical talent, featuring a range of her songs, from iconic hits to recent releases, with guest appearances by artists like Megan Thee Stallion and Kendrick Lamar.
The documentary, while exhaustive in length, is punctuated with poignant moments, such as the inclusion of Beyoncé’s daughter, Blue Ivy, performing on stage. This reveals a relatable side of Beyoncé as a proud mother. The film is a must-watch for fans, ideally in a theater with excellent sound, to fully experience the magic of Beyoncé’s performance. An incident during a concert in Glendale, Arizona, where the sound cut out, showcases her professionalism and ability to adapt, further cementing her status as an unparalleled performer.
9 / 10
Beyoncé’s latest film, “Renaissance,” is a compelling exploration of contrasts and the power of a global music icon.