Ariana Grande and her music never sell too much.
She is exactly how she markets: a mega pop star with one of the loudest voices in the business. Whether you like it or not, it begs the question of whether you can accept the relevance of pop music in our society.
“Ariana Grande: Excuse Me, I Love You” follows Grande on her Sweetener 2019 World Tour and shoots performances from her show at the O2 Arena in London, which was one of five sold-out shows. The 97-minute documentary shows Grande behind the scenes and on the road with an array of close friends including dancers, stylists, and of course, her manager, Scooter Braun.
Movies like this often succeed in their strategy of portraying the famous and untouchable as someone you would like to hang out with. For Grande, she rarely had a say in her own story, so “Excuse me, I love you” is a nice reminder that behind every pop anthem, there’s an honest person with their own truth to tell.
Throughout the film, we see Grande reacting with glee as news of Trump’s impeachment becomes public. We watch her harmonize with Mariah Carey, tell funny stories with close friends, and kiss and kiss her mother goodbye.
For fans, the film serves as a silver lining in a few tumultuous years for the singer. She lost her boyfriend, the late Mac Miller, in September 2018. Grande then broke off her four-month engagement to Pete Davidson a month later in October. And all of this follows the Manchester Arena bombing that took place at the Grande Show in May 2017, which left 23 people dead.
While her bubbly aura may suggest her career has only been on the rise, her personal life tells a darker story, which many people overlook. “Excuse me, I love you” highlights Grande’s resilience and teaches us the lesson that there is always more than what reaches the eye.
It is said that Grande is too scandalous and a bad role model for young girls. That’s a common criticism in an industry that indulges in mysogynous standards and lets men fend for themselves without hesitation. But, Grande is happy to level the playing field and create music that excites the masses and dances on lines many are afraid to touch. In songs like “God is a Woman” and “In Need,” Grande tells a male-dominated tale that focuses on women and their not-so-sorry behaviors.
In “Excuse Me, I Love You,” Grande doesn’t want to do anything other than tell an honest story and have a good time doing it. With epic set design and alluring choreography, the documentary allows viewers to understand what it’s like to follow Grande on this ambitious journey. Not to mention that “sweetener” is a stimulating album, bop-after-bop, the genre that belongs to a scene.
As one of the greatest pop stars in the world, her fame leaves no borders. We hope his tour is nothing less than the promised pop show that many have come to expect.
* Spoiler alert; it exceeds all expectations.
Whether or not you find yourself stirring up her discography or defending it online, “Excuse Me, I Love You” is a cheerful and upbeat concert film that reminds us of what it’s like to be in an arena full of world.
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An ode to live music, “Excuse Me, I Love You” showcases Grande’s fame and, at the very least, will make you want to get up and dance.
“Excuse me, I love you” is now streaming on Netflix.
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