Most documentaries about superstars are essentially longform promotional material, but Lady Gaga’s new documentary on Netflix feels real. It’s directed by Chris Moukarbel, and it’s a chronicle of Gaga’s life. The star that rose to fame with outlandish outfits and weird stage antics has mellowed out in her Joanne era.
Throughout the documentary, she has few glamor moments, and focuses more on reality. This isn’t a concert documentary. It isn’t riddled with nonstop performances and famous friends. It shows her obsessively working, spending time with family, and giving the public a chance to see the real Gaga…the elusive Stefani Germanotta.
“I want to do the opposite of what everyone thinks I’m going to do,” she announces in a meeting about the halftime show. “Everybody thinks I’m gonna come out on a fuckin’ throne, in a meat dress, with 90 shirtless men and unicorns.”
It’s honestly captivating. For someone who is so exact about her appearance and her performances, Gaga’s worry about her fans seeing her without all her makeup and glitter, the way she puts her career before her love interests. Oftentimes it is exceedingly obvious when celebrities are pretending to be authentic for publicity; this goes beyond that. Gaga’s self awareness, her heartbreak, and her insane work ethic are so apparent.
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