Entertainment Magazine News Volume 69, Issue 9

Becoming Review

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Becoming is a Netflix documentary covering parts of Michelle Obama’s life and several moments during her tour for her book of the same name.In Becoming, Michelle Obama talks about her relationships, what life was like as First Lady, race, and what life is like after her husband, Barack Obama, finished his presidential terms. Becoming is lighthearted and doesn’t go too deep in the details of the presidential life; if you had some knowledge of the Obama’s and the tour, this documentary most likely wouldn’t give you too much additional information. Things never seem to heat up too much; it’s a very easy going slow-paced documentary, and some may find it boring. I, on the other hand, found it relaxing. It’s fun, but it definitely spares some details.Some of the problems of Becoming is its slightly confusing timeline. It doesn’t seem very linear throughout the documentary and it sort of jumps around to different places intime. At one point an interview starts about halfway through, and then there are a bunch of different clips in between and in the final ten minutes, that same interview clip is played again. Many may find this confusing, and it definitely could have been edited better. Becoming is a fun documentary for a relaxing afternoon, though some may be bored by it.