Who Framed Britney Spears? was supposed to answer the title question, but don’t be shy about that. Instead, get ready to tell a dramatic story of enormous talent that has been overshadowed by scandals no less.
“Who Framed Britney Spears?” is another document produced as part of the “The New York Times Presents” series. The film was directed by Samantha Stark, who previously worked on “They Get Brave”, which was about the work of New York doctors and nurses fighting for the lives of patients during the coronavirus pandemic. The series started in 2019, when it was still called “The Weekly”. Currently, its formula is different and not every week, only irregularly providing high-quality original documents for viewers of FX stations, Hulu and subscribers of the online edition of The New York Times in the United States. Its latest installment, dealing with the ups and downs of Britney Spears, caused a stir on social media in February. Back then, there was a lot of talk about this production. However, the past tense is indicated here, because so far the dust after the movie has settled a bit. After all, in Poland, the show is available on Canal + with a two-month delay in relation to the United States.
The production tells the story of one of the greatest revelations of the American music scene of recent decades, Britney Spears, whose career gained incredible momentum in the late 90s.
The whole world knows her and almost the whole world was dancing to the beat of such hits as “Oops! I Did It Again or Toxic, and the presses barely made it to the production of her next albums. The young singer quickly gained a lot of devoted fans who are fondly returning to her greatest achievements. Many even claim that it has changed their lives. However, it is not the 2000s anymore and a lot has changed since her stage debut – today we do not focus so much on her musical achievements, but more often we talk about smaller and bigger scandals with Britney Spears in the lead role.
A bad mother, a madwoman who cannot cope with her emotions, a debauchery – the media described her differently. However, the most controversial now is the fact that she and her fortune are under her father’s control. The documentary guides us from her first musical successes when she was still a child, through her dizzying career, and ends with the topic of her incapacitation. In the documentary about Britney Spears, her colleagues, journalists, lawyers and fans who created the #FreeBritney movement – aimed at freeing the singer from the “clutches” of her parent, speak out.
Apart from the archival materials, the artist herself was missing, which the documentary filmmakers did not manage to reach.
The heroine of all the confusion, after the document was broadcast, stated that she had not watched the film to the end, but was embarrassed by the light in which it was presented and cried much later. After watching the movie, I looked at her social media out of curiosity and browsing Instagram, I had the impression that we are dealing with someone emotionally arrested at a very early stage of development. Previously, I had no interest in her personality, but by browsing Instagram and looking at the document, you can see that Britney Spears may have a personality disorder or disorder that apparently, even under her father’s care, is either left untreated or treated with very little success.
Thus, it is not necessarily surprising to me, how surprising her fans, the incapacitation of the artist. However, it is surprising that it is cared for by a parent who may have contributed to the possible disturbances. I am even more surprised that Britney Spears has been in a state of legal incapacitation for many years and it does not change much. And if something doesn’t work that long, in my opinion, the court should review the issue of custody of the singer. I am not talking about the finances themselves, which were partially taken from her father after the document was issued, but more about an in-depth look at her mental problems.
An outsider watching the production is unlikely to cry. He will feel more unsatisfied.
Although I’m not interested in the singer’s fate on a daily basis, watching “Who Framed Britney Spears?” I had the impression that I was watching a well-prepared, but still reheated cutlet, from which I did not get much. It’s obvious that some soda will go to the head. It is understandable that people with more or less disabilities who are not properly cared for are drawn into show business, but are allowed to flow with the current, and the latter likes to abuse people. And it is quite significant that there will almost always be someone who will want the fruits of their work for themselves. We also find something about us – devotees who sometimes seem to act as if they have no lives of their own and come up with conspiracy theories at the level of the flat Earth or the reptilians in the White House and Belvedere (something may be there). This document talks about all of this, but it does not explore these topics deeply enough to make my optics wider after watching it. It’s a pity, because I was hoping it would broaden after all. Apparently my hopes were too high and too often I expect from the documents that they will be the next “The Damned: The Life and Death of Robert Durst” that shocked, opened his eyes and changed reality. In 2015, the bar was set high. “Who Framed Britney Spears?” he does not even try to jump to it and, above all, it scares with a rather not very accurate title.
Instead of answering the basic question, I got a story aimed primarily at devoted fans of the singer, conspiracy theories and scandals. For me, it was a bit redundant, but quite entertaining story about a run-down star that shines mainly on Instagram, which we will probably hear more than once. May it be because of her further achievements in the music scene, and not because of her personal problems. What Britney Spears so normally humanly wish, although I know life enough that I am aware that there is a greater probability that her future achievements will ultimately lose to other scandals. May I be wrong.
A review of the documentary “Who Framed Britney Spears?” (“Framing Britney Spears”)
“Who Framed Britney Spears?” promises much, but little of that promise remains.