In probably the most deeply private facet of “Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me,” the singer-actor reads excerpts from her journal full of self-doubt and nervousness, together with traces like “I have to stop living like this” and “I want to know how to breathe again.” Opening up about her bipolar dysfunction is definitely a service, however the six-year span encompassed by this intimate Apple TV+ presentation labors to flesh out its revelations right into a documentary.
Directed by Alek Keshishian, whose credit embody “Madonna: Truth or Dare” in addition to Gomez’s 2015 video “Hands to Myself,” the movie clearly shows intensive entry to its topic, starting with preparation for her 2016 tour throughout rehearsals at Los Angeles’ Sports activities Area, earlier than she reduce the efficiency schedule quick as a consequence of nervousness and panic assaults.
From there, “My Mind & Me” (additionally the title of a brand new music Gomez is releasing) careens just about everywhere, following her on a visit to Kenya, tagging alongside as she endures questions from paparazzi, accompanying her as she visits individuals from her previous neighborhood, and reflecting her irritations coping with press as a part of a media tour.
“I feel like a product,” she complains at one level, later confiding to buddies that the form of inane questions she often fields can look like “such a waste of time.”
The documentary is probably most notable in showcasing Gomez’s work on behalf of the Uncommon Affect Fund, an effort to lift cash to help youths coping with mental-health considerations and points.
The primary drawback is that there’s a scattered, nearly arbitrary really feel to what Gomez is proven doing and the place, whereas skipping over some related latest additions to her resume, just like the success of the Hulu sequence “Only Murders in the Building.”
“As great as life was, underneath all of it I was struggling,” Gomez says throughout a speech, which neatly sums up the underlying level of the documentary, and the truth that even somebody who seemingly has all of it could be tormented by challenges.
It’s simple to downplay the braveness it takes for celebrities to let down their guard and acknowledge their frailties or fallibility, revealing a facet of herself the general public doesn’t at all times see. That alone makes the message important – a degree underscored by the jetsetter elements of Gomez’s life on show right here – and if it helps one particular person, extra energy to her.
Nonetheless, if Gomez chafes, understandably, at feeling like “a product,” “My Mind & Me” doesn’t escape the notion that it’s leveraging that fame, and the product-like a part of her existence, as a way to promote it.
“Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me” premieres November 4 on Apple TV+. Disclosure: My spouse works for a unit of Apple.