'Janet Jackson' tells the singer's story, but it's clear who's in control

ジャネットジャクソンは5年間ドキュメンタリークルーにアクセスを与えました, しかし、ジャクソンと兄弟のランディ・ジャクソンが製作総指揮者を務め、結果として得られたプロジェクト, “ジャネットジャクソン,” feels too conspicuously like a licensed product. Addressing some uncomfortable parts of her biography but sidestepping others, it’s pretty obvious who’s in control here.

To be fair, plenty of celebrities have been the subject of mostly adoring documentaries, and Jackson has the musical resume to justify such adulation. But few artists come with as much family baggage and history, から domineering nature of patriarch Joe to the allegations against her brother Michael (detailed in the 2019 ドキュメンタリー “ネバーランドを離れる”), whose shadow, it’s noted, also hovered over her even as she achieved solo stardom.
Jackson explains thewhy nowaspect of this two-night Lifetime presentation (only the first half was made available) by saying, “It’s just something that needs to be done.The timing comes after a New York Times documentary about the singer’s Super Bowl “クルスは、最初の黒人女性を最高裁判所に指名するというバイデンの約束を「攻撃的」と呼びます,” which highlighted the unfairness of that event and its aftermath in a way that was highly sympathetic to Jackson.
    While the opportunity to hear from the youngest sibling of the musically gifted Jackson family brings with it a treasure trove of footage (some previously unseen) and flood of memories, director Benjamin Hirsch appears to be operating within clear parameters that won’t allow for ruffling too many feathers.
      Discussing Joe, 例えば, Jackson says during the opening part that her parentsdisciplined all of us,” 追加する, “明らかに, it worked.Yet that gives short shrift to the details of her brothers dropping him as their manager, which allowed Joe to focus on Janet before she declared her independence, launching a pair of chart-topping smashes with Control そして “Rhythm Nation 1814.
        The first part of “ジャネットジャクソン” does address several headline-friendly topics, including questions about Jackson’s short-lived marriage to James DeBarge, and denying the tabloid rumors of hersecret baby.The responses, しかしながら, mostly serve as an indictment of the level of scrutiny and gossip-mongering about the Jacksons through the years.
        There’s obviously truth in that, and it’s hard not to wince at footage showing Jacksonat the pinnacle of her careerbeing peppered with questions about Michael while promoting her tour. それでも, “Janet Jackson’sonce-over-lightly approach too often feels narrow in its focus, allowing Jackson to pull back the curtain a little, but not quite enough.
          So what is included? Interviews with various family members, third-party celebrity voices praising Jackson, and video like the Jackson 5’s original Motown audition or behind-the-scenes glimpses of Jackson working in the studio (and occasionally butting heads) with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
            The Jacksons haven’t suffered for lack of coverage, and there’s interest in hearing their unfiltered side of things. But to those seeking a balanced and unvarnished look, to borrow from one of Jackson’s hits, that’s apparently going to have to wait awhile.
            “ジャネットジャクソン” airs Jan. 28-29 で 8 午後. ET on Lifetime and A&E.

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