I'm not a Beyoncé fan, really -- there are individual songs I like and I've liked most of her movie roles. I'm also not a hater and I get impatient with people who don't give her credit as a performer because they think she's over-exposed, or believe conspiracy theories, or are all up in her marriage, etc.
I'm 2/3 of the way through Homecoming, and I am, on the whole, really impressed. I don't know very many of the songs from her albums (a few phrases here and there, like "Becky with the good hair"), so I'm watching with closed captioning on (yay for those captioners -- hard job!). Lots of profanity, not my bag. Lots of sex references, ditto (I'm old -- although I had to laugh at the "when he f--- me good, I take his ass to Red Lobster": she owns her countryness, LOL.) Would love for her to put on some pants.
But, damn. She works hard. Those rehearsal moments when she's struggling with the choreo, or disappointed about her weight loss, or overjoyed that she can zip up her old costume, or thrilled when her "forty-eleven children" come to visit the studio -- I legit teared up. I appreciated the touchstones of black culture being used as moments of beauty and history and fierceness. The Nina Simone, the Malcolm X, the Audre Lorde quotes. I loved that there was no explanation -- this was a conversation with black America, and everyone else just gets to listen in, a total reversal of the way we've been eavesdropping on white America's family conversations all our lives. I am so impressed how she owns every moment, beat, and costume choice.
I don't think I'm anywhere near buying into the Bey-mythology, but I can't deny she is a force majeure, for sure. Good for her.