Why did Britney write and sing these lyrics in her saddest, most broken voice and melody:
There are answers, directly offered by BEYOND THE LIGHTS. There are backstories and psychological parental set ups. There is a crisis at the start: to neatly posit a search back in time. The film feels expansive at every moment; time slows and settles as we go back ...the stretching of a bond: a mother who stays an enforcer and director even to an adult daughter. The stretching of the fleeting; an expansion (what if you got to know her at her most vulnerable?) of a momentary bond with a police guarding a pop star's hotel door while she attempts suicide.
What if someone walked in on Whitney?
The first third of the film is when the style and structure is at its most effective and impactful. Not only do we answer ALL of these questions that seem to set up our entry into this world, but we are also rewarded tenfold for setting our eyes in one direction.
There is unbridled delight in the way the riches and sex and inside worlds are lived in. Every door expands into a further answer about something that may have been but a bullet point in a pop star's career. One instance is what turns into a weird stage performance on BET. We start out with actual red carpet footage seamlessly edited in with the newer fictional footage of the characters from the film being interviewed on it.
The intensity of the first third of the film is tempered by the slower sections; but not diffused. Rather, the tone melts into melodrama, but it never fakes its emotional moments. Every tear, laugh and shout in my audience felt earned.
What if SHOWGIRLS started at the beginning when Nomi learned to dance? Who was her mom?
BEYOND'S Noni has a mother and it's Minnie Driver. And her Father was some guy she never knew who didn't give a shit about her mother. Who are Rhianna's parents? Does Britney always need her father around for her to feel loved? Why the hell is Beyonce always naked and wearing long blond hair?
This is just information . And Time. And glimpses. An expanded 2 hrs of time to live and breathe and feel these things we only first glimpsed and felt in brief songs and exposes. Such is the privilege of the narrative film.
|Britney asks "what if i died?" in her "Everytime" video|
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4A5GDmwUv4 Noni wins. clip- BEYOND THE LIGHTS
Britney in "Overprotected" setting up the film of overprotected pop star Noni " I ....NEED....TIME"