Ariana Grande releases docuseries about ‘Dangerous Woman’ series

Still feeling like a Dangerous Woman

On Thursday, November 29th Ariana Grande pulled a Shane Dawson and released a docuseries that focused on her 2017 “Dangerous Woman” tour. “Dangerous Woman Diaries” were highly anticipated as it was a behind the scenes look at the tour and looked like it would also have performances on there. The release of this docuseries also happens to hype her newest video “Thank U, Next.” Well timed, Miss Butera, well timed.

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Before I go any further into the review, let’s get one thing straight: I’m very glad she released the “Dangerous Woman Diaries.” I wasn’t able to go to see the tour so I didn’t experience it. I’m stating this first because here is the part where I have to nonobjective and review it like I would any other. As a Ariana Grande fan, I enjoyed it. But as a journalist and reviewer, I had mixed feelings. 

“Dangerous Woman Diaries” is pretty much your standard concert movie. It full of the performances from the tour as well as little behind the scenes bits from tour and Ariana’s life. It’s split into four different episodes: one episode covers “Sweetener” and the other three is the tour and performances. It’s all amateur footage as well. So there are times where it’s like you are literally watching the video on YouTube, which is where the series is ironically, and there’s also times that it looks likes a full production.

I honestly liked how personal the series felt. You got a closer look at what’s its like to be on tour with Ariana as well as got to get see how close their crew is thoughout the tour. The footage help and hurt the overall experience. While the raw handy cam footage worked for those personal moments, it hurt the performances. There was times where you would have professional HD footage that look something that you would get on a full fledge concert DVD. Then it go to handy cam footage that was good quality but something that you would have found on YouTube from a fan. It’s sketchy but not as clear as the previous footage. It literally looks like a fan-made DVD of the concert. There you go, I said it!

I can forgive the fan-made DVD aspect but here are the unforgive able things that I just can’t let slide. After the first episode, they have given “Dangerous Woman Diaries” a TV-MA. What is funny about that is the fact it’s still censored. And it’s not like casually censored. Take her performance of “Everyday.” When she sings “He’s giving me that good shit/that makes me not quit,” a loud and obnoxious bleep is played when shit comes up. This is for most swear words like that you don’t really ear on TV before 9 PM.  I’m pretty sure she just trolling us but like, why? Why give something a TV-MA rating and have it censored like that? I reminded me of that Miley concert DVD that did the same thing. It’s unnecessary and making me think it’s going to uncensored. We’ve heard Ariana swear before so don’t censor it.

The fact that this entire docuseries seems like a half-assed rush job is the biggest downfall. Between the editing and some of the things they decided to do with it, I feel like Frankie edited for 50k followers, a pack of glitter, and 50 cents in iMovie. It’s less of the concert footage but more so on the overall product. Like the last episode, which covers the Manchester bombings, is just one rushed product.

Some of the performances aren’t the full songs. The parts about the bombings are just blocks of text letter before an emotional performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Like if they combined the two, it would have been some much better. Also would have added me or emotion to it. Reading that letter killed any emotion. I don’t if it was supposed to be like that or a last minute decision. I just wish they would have spent more time on the entire series.

Verdict

“Dangerous Woman Diaries” isn’t a bad docuseries at all. Again, I enjoyed it as a Ariana Grande fan. It allowed me to see what everyone was talking about when they discussing her tour. The rushed final product and the unneeded censorship on something that’s rated TV-MA is really what brought it down a little bit. I do recommend watching this. It does give you more insight on “Sweetener” and Ariana herself. All of the “Dangerous Woman Diaries” episodes is currently available on YouTube Premium, formerly YouTube Red. If you don’t have YouTube Premium, then one will released a week. Again, I do recommend checking it out. 

Rating: 5 out of 5

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