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Gaga: Five Foot Two Review

by Kasey Zielinski
Posted on Nov 02, 2017

The Netflix documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two” introduces the woman behind the performer, the costumes, the glitz and the glamour and presents the unplugged side of popstar Lady Gaga. The hour-and-a half film takes viewers into the studio, doctor’s office and creation process of Gaga’s empire as she prepares for the 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show. Besides baring an unseen part of her artistic soul, viewers find her coping with heartache and physical ailments. Gaga’s musical intelligence, role as a craftswoman, collaborator and boss come through as she works alongside artists like Mark Ronson and Florence Welch on her fourth studio album “Joanne.”

The film also presents the artist and idol in a strange type of isolation. Even when surrounded by people, Gaga often seems sadly, but understandably alone. For her, it seems the limelight has the power to do that. But “Five Foot Two” is all about Gaga growing up, both personally and artistically, and taking a decisive turn in her pop journey exploring a new direction as she tries, at the age of 30, to calm herself in the demanding world of fame. A woman who seems to have gotten more or less everything she ever dreamed of, is candid and open about the heartbreaks of her love life, the perils and pressures of being a celebrity and the secluding sadness that she, like any of us, carries around. The documentary is a great watch for Gaga fans and music lovers alike, as these intimate glimpses into the lives of big names like hers are rare.