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Review: Beyonce’s ‘Homecoming’ inspires while celebrating black culture

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Review: Beyonce’s ‘Homecoming’ inspires while celebrating black culture

Chloe Chan, Opinions Editor

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On April 17, “Homecoming,” a Netflix original film covering Beyonce’s historic 2018 Coachella performance and its origin, was released. Beyonce directed, wrote and executive produced the film, giving it a more intimate and personal feel for viewers watching the meticulous work put into the performance.

Running at two hours and 17 minutes, the majority of the movie features footage from Beyonce’s two Coachella performances. Since the opening in 1999, Beyonce became the first and only black woman to headline at Coachella. The historic performance, nicknamed “Beychella,” featured 26 of her top hits and some special guests including Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams (former members of Destiny’s Child).

Beyonce and her impressive cast of all African-American dancers, full marching band and singers cultivated a powerful performance that featured visuals and references to historically black colleges and universities.

The two hour performance celebrated black culture by featuring step dancers in many of the songs and sampling or covering black musicians’ songs such as Nina Simone’s “Lilac Wine.” Additionally, it emphasized black feminism and the struggles that black woman face.

“I wanted every person that has ever been dismissed because of the way they look to feel like they were on that stage,” Beyonce said while narrating footage of dancers rehearsing.

Intercut with her jaw dropping Coachella performance are clips of rehearsals, the creative process of creating the show, her family and more. Beyonce narrates these clips through voiceovers, one in which she discusses the vigorous hours she put in to get her body back in shape after giving birth to twins. Though these sections of the movie are few and far between, they help viewers understand the mind of Beyonce and her perfectionist work ethic.

Through this film I not only appreciated Beyonce’s talent as a performer, but also as a director and creative mind. Beyonce’s humbleness, vision and creative intelligence really shine through through clips of her giving notes to dancers or practicing on her own. If there’s one lesson to learn from her in this movie, it’s to push yourself to dream big.

 

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Chloe Chan, Opinions Editor
Chloe Chan is a senior and is the Opinions Editor as well as a staff artist. This is her first year as a staff member for the Central Times. She wishes that she had joined Central Times earlier in her high school career but is very excited to be in it this year! Outside of Central Times, she is involved in Theatre Central and enjoys working on crews and helping backstage. Chloe is also very passionate about songwriting and music.

 
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