‘Ariana Grande: Excuse Me, I Love You’ Review: It’s Mutual.
So are there actually any recordings of Ariana Grande cleaning up dog poop? And why was Kristin Chenoweth on FaceTime with Grande when she recorded it? You might ask yourself the same stupid questions after watching the new music documentary, Sorry I Love You with the ponytail pop star at his performance-oriented center.
Although the bulk of the film focuses on this singer’s powerful vocals during her Sweetener World Tour 2019, there are glimpses of Grande’s offstage life that is a refreshing contrast to her glamorous personality.
So yeah, Grande, not a strict follower of the pop-star rulebook, goes into depth on the insane 15-minute fiasco of her dog Myron’s diarrhea while her pet uses her bed as a toilet and Myron eats whatever the pig is deposited and Grande runs screaming and crying from the room. This is the last scene you could expect to revisit in the midst of this nifty showcase of sensuality and eroticism. But as strange as it sounds, when I heard the story of Grande, I loved her. She can sing and tell a good poop story.
For the film, veteran music documentary director Paul Dugdale captures Grande in a host of other moments that create the impression that this Grammy winner could be your beast – that is, if your beast also harmonized whistle tones, that is, Mariah Carey.
Serving a charming, relatable political reality, Grande dramatizes a passed out fall when she hears news that the House voted to indict President Trump. And when Grande learns that Carey, her idol, asked her to record a solo clip of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” with other artists, she gets foggy eyes. These light touches, mixed with bops like “Thank U, Next” and “7 Rings”, give the actor – even if only slightly – an endearing, multidimensional human shape that he sees on the catwalk in front of thousands of enthusiastic fans in thigh-high boots .
Only in 2020 could a no-hassle paint by numbers concert document like this one, clearly intended for superfans, seem as nutritious (even to non-Arianators like me). Even the most laid-back fans might just say thank you.
Ariana Grande: Sorry, I love you
Not rated. Running time: 1 hour 37 minutes. Watch on Netflix.