Monday, December 1, 2008

Britney Spears: For The Record

This was a good one. I don't think I'm overstating it when I say this is one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. In case you live on another planet (or have better things to do than worry about Britney Spears) For The Record is the new documentary about Spears that premiered on MTV last night. They filmed Britney for 60 days. Let me point out how fucking insane that is. They filmed the girl for 60 fucking days. I guarantee if you film any human being for 60 days they're gonna bug out at least 3 of those days. And Spears certainly doesn't hold back. Sometimes she comes off as naive, childish and even a little stupid. However, the most compelling part of the documentary is how vulnerable she is. When giving an interview with the film crew she starts to explain how she feels imprisoned and how no one actually listens to her (which is a reasonable enough statement considering they splice footage of Spears trying to tell her posse how she feels trapped and they just laugh at her like she's telling a joke). Mid-sentence she turns to the side and stares off into space and then whispers through tears, "I'm sad," and starts to cry. I don't know how sad you have to be to utter those words on camera and just let it go like that but I'm guessing pretty fucking sad. I defy anyone to not feel bad for the girl during that moment. You can point out that she doesn't talk about her kids that much but I don't really think that's fair considering 60 days worth of footage got condensed into a little over an hour. Listen, I'm always tough on the celebrities. I feel like if you choose to be in the public light to earn your living you need to be prepared to deal with the consequences of being a public figure. This documentary made me question that sentiment. This is just a really good case study of a human being living in an extraordinary situation. Check it.

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