Uncle Johnny made these dresses, but Beyoncé made this film. As an equivalent exchange to never giving us the visuals for the “Renaissance” album, Mrs. Knowles-Carter has decided to bless the hive by providing an almost three-hour-long epic of her concerts, but also an intimate backstage pass into her past and present.
This review will be different because Zipporah here is part of the Beyhive, and Guillermo is a casual fan. Zipporah has looped “Renaissance” many times and Guillermo only knows a few songs.
The scene as the film started was electric as one can see many fans on screen all dressed up and ready to have their queen bee light up the stage like a giant disco ball. The lights go down and Beyoncé appears in an opulent gown singing a song called “Dangerously in Love 2.” Guillermo sits there wondering, “Where are the songs where I can drop it down?” Soon enough, the lights go down again and “I’m That Girl” begins to play. And then one by one, strands of hair from Guillermo’s head begin to fall out softly as Mrs. Knowles Carter soon explodes into “Alien Superstar.”
The die is cast, the wig is snatched, and Guillermo, in all his chunky glory, begins to vogue. He gets it now, the power Beyoncé has on us. Soon enough, we see the scenes of Beyoncé’s work ethic, how far she has come, and how far she has yet to go. If there can be one word that can describe this film, it would be inspirational. One can see Beyoncé’s struggles and balancing her life with her family, business and performances, while also giving lots of credit to the crew that worked with her throughout the entire tour. She is cozy, she is humble, and she is a savage.
As a musical production, this masterpiece should be seen on the biggest screen possible with multiple people ready to dance their cares away in Queen Bey’s safe space.
10 *UNIQUE*s out of 10.
Guillermo Guzman (he/him/they) is a Texas-based nerd who loves talking about video games, autism, and entertainment. Follow him on Instagram: @boofy_booferson and X: @Dimpy_Tenders.
Zipporah Pruitt, (she/her) is an L.A. homegrown journalist, who covers entertainment and culture. Follow her on X and Instagram: @zippzapps.
Edited by Nykeya Woods