Fans of Jennifer Lopez will definitely enjoy the documentary Dance Again that follows her journey during the second half of 2012 when she finally embarked on her first world tour.
But more than chronicling her performances in different continents, the docu also depicts some conflicts and challenges that the singer-actress encountered during that period. And these serve as dramatic arcs for the movie.
Of course, the New York-born performer has lived her life large and in the limelight.
Aside from her career, the public has witnessed the ups and downs of her love life and family life.
The movie is set during the tumultuous time of her separation from fellow Latino singer Marc Anthony. JLo also had her twins Max and Emme in tow during her Dance Again world tour, along with her mother and cousin; her father was there for parts of it too.
So, from the United States to Puerto Rico, the movie follows Jennifer, along with members of her family and creative team, as they go through emotional highs and lows.
Interspersed with song and dance sequences are interviews with her sisters, father, mother, and cousin about JLo as a human being. She is not just a superstar who has everything together, but a mother coping with raising twin toddlers in the midst of a marriage that is ending; also, an artist who thinks about costume changes and logistics and safety onstage. Then, there is the music.
For fans, the delight will lie in how extensive the repertoire stretches. “Get Right", “Love Don't Cost A Thing”, “I’m Into You”, “Waiting For Tonight” with Li’l Wayne on the big screen, “Louboutins”, “I’m Real”, “All I Have”, “Ain’t It Funny”, “Jenny from the Block”, and “If You Had My Love” are just some of the hits featured. The advantage of JLo doing this tour at this point in her career is that she has a lot of songs to choose from, and they are hits.
JLo has fans all over the world, and it’s interesting to see how people of different cultures and languages can be bound by a love for music and be inspired by the songs of the diva.
Behind the scenes of the concert tour, there are problems with safety, logistics, and human resources. As creative director, JLo also worries about things like that and how to be true to her vision. On top of all that, she tries to spend enough time with her children between rehearsals, performances, and other public appearances. She also fosters a relationship with her mother, father, and cousin who join her on the tour.
Some dramatic scenes are obviously orchestrated. Most of them are related to her family life and her separation from Marc Anthony. Another overly dramatized part is related to her disassociation from American Idol.
As a documentary, Dance Again provides a complete picture of the life of a diva star who is also very human—who has fallen and gotten up to dance again. On both dramatic and musical points, it delivers well.
"Dance Again" is showing starting April 15 in select Robinsons Malls cinemas nationwide.
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