And we got it. Mostly. We'll admit off the bat that it's way too long (we found ourselves emailing the office pretty regularly starting around the hour mark), but there's a lot of ground to cover. Close-up confessions (we're thinking this is where all that 'round-the-clock "archival" footage comes into play), moments in the recording studio, real pain around her relationship with her dad, some pretty explosive performances (sometimes, you just want to see the entirety of "Crazy In Love," twice), and of course, the obligatory pregnant belly shots to quiet the haters — and even a few fleeting glimpses at Blue Ivy and Jay.
But, what resonated most with us were the interview vignettes. There, we see a beautiful woman in almost no makeup (it's amazing how jarring it can be to see a normally made-up celeb in no eyeliner) speak openly and honestly. Spoiler alert: This is where the tears came in. She tells us how much she loves a husband she normally doesn't even mention at award shows. She shares the conflicted feelings she has about her troubled relationship with her dad. And, in a scene that's now been covered in the gossip rags, ad nauseam, she reveals a heartbreaking story about a miscarriage she had two years ago — and then sings the lyrics she wrote about it. It's hard to accuse that kind of raw emotion of being manufactured, or overly slick and produced.
You don't have to take our word for it, though. Click through for our favorite quotes from the doc — Beyoncé on women; social politics; money; love; and heartbreak, unfiltered and in her own words. Photos: Courtesy of HBO
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