Gaga Documentary Reviews Thread

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Metacritic http://www.metacritic.com/movie/gaga-five-foot-two

Rotten Tomatoes: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gaga_five_foot_two/

 

Entertainment Weekly:

 

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‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’ gets rapturous standing ovation at Toronto Film Festival

 

The singer-songwriter took the stage Friday evening at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, belting a stripped, piano-driven version of her 2009 hit “Bad Romance” before the world premiere of the film, directed by Chris Moukarbel, made a solid case for its consideration among the likes of Asif Kapadia’s Amy and Alex Keshishian’s Madonna: Truth or Dare as one of the most sincere, spectacularly candid portraits of an artist’s life and ever evolving legacy.

 

[...] Moukarbel’s vérité approach eliminates the all-too-familiar feeling of rigidity often found in music documentaries. The footage he captures plays freely and effortlessly across the film’s 100-minute runtime, even when what’s unfolding on screen feels larger than life, like when Florence Welch joins Gaga in the studio to work on a Joanne album cut, or Mother Monster preps for her Super Bowl LI halftime show on one of the biggest stages in the world. His perspective is grounded and compassionate, registering less like a fly on the wall and more like an informed observer, drinking up his surroundings without getting so drunk on the lady’s innately transfixing presence.

 

http://ew.com/movies/2017/09/08/lady-gaga-bad-romance-toronto-film-festival-documentary-premiere/ 

 

 

 

Vanity Fair:

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Lady Gaga Strips Down in Emotional, Awards-Worthy Documentary Five Foot Two

 

Chris Moukarbel’s searingly raw, surprisingly emotional Netflix documentary Five Foot Two, which premiered inside the theater an hour later, answers that very question. The stunning film—which was shot between the 2015 recording of Lady Gaga’s album Joanne and her 2017 Super Bowl halftime show—transports its audience into the wild, whiplash existence of a six-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, actress, beloved avatar of self expression, and entrepreneur. 

 

The film, which debuts on Netflix September 22, is remarkable for several reasons—the first being that Lady Gaga, an artist who exercises exacting precision over her art and appearance, forfeited complete creative control to Mourkabel. She allowed herself to be filmed in the most vulnerable of conditions—doubled over in chronic pain; without hair, makeup, and at times, a shirt; painfully processing the way she transformed her public image based on the men in her life; emotionally overcome during a visit to her grandmother.

 

While allowing cameras into the eye of this celebrity storm would be one thing, Lady Gaga elevates the film even more with her self-awareness—articulately and humorously commenting on the insanity of her world.

 

After seeing the film for the first time, at Friday’s premiere, Lady Gaga was so overcome by emotion that she needed 15 minutes to pull herself together before appearing onstage with the filmmaker for a brief Q&A. As evidenced by the standing ovation and the excited chatter from viewers leaving the theater, she was not the only person overcome by the documentary—a powerful, thrilling portal into the life of one of the world’s most talented pop stars..

 

As audience members poured out of the screening onto King Street, one viewer was overheard marveling about her newly-anointed queen.

“I didn’t think I even liked Lady Gaga,” the moviegoer told her companion, stunned. “After seeing that, though, I am ready to get Joanne tattooed across my chest.”

 

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/09/lady-gaga-netflix-documentary 

 

 

The Hollywood Reporter:

 

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 Directed and filmed by Chris Moukarbel (Banksy Does New York, Me at the Zoo), and produced not just by him and Live Nation’s Heather Parry but also Gaga herself and her manager Bobby Campbell, this is certainly an entertaining enough watch, even for those without much rooting interest in Gaga. Sure, it’s hardly in the rock-doc hall of fame like Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back (1967) or even Metallica: Some Kind of Monster(2004), but as a canny mesh of artistry, marketing and brand building, it achieves its ends: promoting the star, providing desirable exclusive content to Netflix subscribers (the streaming service is one of the producers) and generating some opening-weekend, red-carpet glamour for Toronto.

 

Technically, the package is assembled with competence and style, with graceful editing by Greg Arata helping to create a strong sense of story and continuity. Moukarbel and his sound editors frequently use swelling soundtrack choices and a flurry of fast edits to suggest the frenzy of Gaga’s life.

 

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/gaga-five-foot-two-review-1036987

 

 

 

Variety:

 

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The first shot in “Five Foot Two” is of the bottom of Gaga’s high-heeled shoe, as she’s hoisted up on a pulley during a rehearsal for the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show, and that feels right. After 10 years, she’s still the high-wire queen of pop. 

 

I found the film intensely revealing of Gaga’s life and personality, especially when she’s getting treatments to deal with the pain that’s dogged her for three years, ever since she suffered a broken hip (misdiagnosed at the time) on tour.

 

http://variety.com/2017/film/reviews/gaga-five-foot-two-review-toronto-1202552930/amp/

 

Toronto Star:

 

BBC:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170913-film-review-does-lady-gaga-deserve-a-documentary

 

The Playlist:

http://theplaylist.net/lady-gaga-takes-madonna-super-bowl-hip-pain-gaga-five-foot-two-tiff-20170909/

 

Movie Network:

http://movienetworkpr.com/critica-documental-gaga-five-foot-two/

 

Globe & Mail:

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/arts/awards-and-festivals/tiff/the-globes-guide-to-tiff-2017-movies/article35939881/?film=42

 

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:jonny: queen of docs!

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I think it's because she has no production involvement and thus doesn't come off as a propaganda piece like other music artist docs that have come out over the years.

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Acclaimed queen :alexz: 

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We love acclaimed documentaries

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Get that Emmy girl. 

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An acclaimed doc for an acclaimed life :clap3:

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:celestial3:Another day, another slay. 

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3 minutes ago, Domination said:

I think it's because she has no production involvement and thus doesn't come off as a propaganda piece like other music artist docs that have come out over the years.

This, from what we've seen, the documentary looks very raw and genuine. No fancy filming camera, video effects, etc. It's just Gaga going through the many aspects of her life pre-Joanne from a simple camera. :clap3:

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14 minutes ago, Remixed said:

 

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Queen of not alienating the Liittle Trumpsters

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In before that rat NY Times reviewer trashes it. :cm:

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Just got a bit of chills reading the part about her hip. :jonny: 

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5 minutes ago, Archetype said:

In before that rat NY Times reviewer trashes it. :cm:

And LA times... :biblio: they will purposely do it to sabotage ha.. this is the reason joanne failed to touch 70 on mc 

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Entertainment Weekly:

‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’ gets rapturous standing ovation at Toronto Film Festival

 

The singer-songwriter took the stage Friday evening at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, belting a stripped, piano-driven version of her 2009 hit “Bad Romance” before the world premiere of the film, directed by Chris Moukarbel, made a solid case for its consideration among the likes of Asif Kapadia’s Amy and Alex Keshishian’s Madonna: Truth or Dare as one of the most sincere, spectacularly candid portraits of an artist’s life and ever evolving legacy.

 

http://ew.com/movies/2017/09/08/lady-gaga-bad-romance-toronto-film-festival-documentary-premiere/ 

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Yes Gaga, yes acclaim. 

 

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Queen of acclaim :clap3:

 

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made a solid case for its consideration among the likes of Asif Kapadia’s Amy and Alex Keshishian’s Madonna: Truth or Dare as one of the most sincere, spectacularly candid portraits of an artist’s life and ever evolving legacy.

 

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36 minutes ago, FailSafe said:

Queen of not alienating the Liittle Trumpsters

Trumpsters are not even in her fan demographic :biblio:

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Talent just keeps winning

 

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gaga slaying once again i stan only legends

 

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Yassssss legend

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