Beyoncé's New Coachella Documentary Will Heal Your Retrospective FOMO
You'd think that by now I would be socially conditioned to not feel the faintest hint of surprise whenever Beyoncé drops another out-of-the-blue announcement. "Oh, of course," I'd say blankly while watching the trailer for her new Netflix documentary Homecoming. "Classic unpredictable Beyoncé." In this alternative universe I definitely wouldn't rewatch the trailer twice and then send it to my friends. I might not even make it to the end of the video. I would remain serene, rational and focused on things I should actually be doing on a Monday afternoon. But, as it happens, I'm currently very preoccupied with Beyoncé's latest bombshell.
A look behind the scenes at the making of Beyoncé's now iconic set at Coachella last spring, Homecoming is a gift to anyone who didn't get to witness her performance in person. Charting the entire creative process behind the set, from band practices to dance rehearsals (keep an eye out for Blue Ivy adorably joining in with the choreography in the trailer), since Beyoncé's set was such an unapologetic celebration of black culture, it promises to deliver far more than your average concert film. The Maya Angelou narration over the home movie-style footage says it all: this documentary looks as though it's as much about Beyoncé's personal growth and journey as a black woman as it is the performance.
Last year's Coachella was significant for two reasons: a) Beyoncé became the first black woman to ever headline the festival; and b) it was, put simply, a game-changing set. She basically staged an arena show on the festival grounds, complete with 26 songs, five costume changes, a marching band, a Destiny's Child reunion and an unapologetic and proud display of blackness, sampling Malcom X quotes and paying homage to the culture of historically black colleges and universities in the US. It was a historic moment, the kind of thing that festival attendees will be able tell their grandchildren about in 50 years' time and they will be legitimately impressed. I, alas, was not there and am thus destined to have grandchildren who will think I'm uncool, but at least I have Beyoncé's documentary to heal my retrospective FOMO.
The documentary comes out on Netflix next Wednesday, between the first and second weekends of this year's Coachella, so it's perfectly timed to cure any real-time regrets you might be having about not being at the festival this year too. And while the footage in the trailer looks sweet and endearing, I'm sure that the best is yet to come. After all, Beyoncé is the queen of surprises. At least this time I'll be slightly more prepared.