Shawn Mendes in Wonder: Documentary Review

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On November 23 on Netflix, Shawn Mendes released In Wonder, a documentary that highlights Mendes on his 2019 world tour, Shawn Mendes: The Tour, for his third self titled album. The purpose of the documentary is to show the flip side most fans do not see on social media. It details his feelings, personal relationships, the hardships of stardoms, and how, despite all of the fame, he is just a normal guy. After all, he believes he is just a kid from Canada who loves music, despite being so much more to so many people worldwide. 

On November 23 on Netflix, Shawn Mendes released In Wonder, a documentary that highlights Mendes on his 2019 world tour, Shawn Mendes: The Tour, for his third self titled album.”

Grant Singer, the director, delves into all aspects of Mendes’ life, including a scene where Shawn made him promise to never turn the camera off, so the fans can see the real him. The film also includes behind the scenes content from his tour, exclusive footage from his recording sessions for his new album Wonder, interviews to share his perspective, and so many little insights into his world. 

Mendes is frequently open with fans and pretty active on his social media, compared to other celebrities. Many fans are aware he struggles with anxiety, a topic he lets more viewers in on during the documentary as he explains the pressure he often experiences, and how much of it comes from within. He describes what it feels like to wear a mask and attempt to act like “Superman” and his hope that fans would not stop supporting him if they realized he was normal like them. A momentous scene that really demonstrates the singer’s vulnerability comes from Sao Paulo, where he temporarily loses his voice due to laryngitis and he has to make a decision: cancel the one show or cancel the rest of the tour and risk his voice forever. While this might seem like an easy decision, it was one of the most difficult for him, as he explains, “The hardest part is feeling that I let them [the fans] down” as he must communicate through a voice app.

On a lighter note, there are scenes that give a look into his relationship with Camila Cabello, a big draw for fans. Additionally, there is tour content for fans to recount the memories of the tour from last summer and all of the shows they missed. 

Mendes aspired to remind fans that he is just a guy like anyone else, and that goal was accomplished and set early thanks to his opening monologue. The point of view on Shawn Mendes changed for many members of the Mendes Army, or just fans of any celebrity in general. In Wonder is now streaming on Netflix along with a surprise drop of Shawn Mendes: Live in Concert, a professionally filmed performance from the Rogers Center, the first stadium show on his tour. 

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6b2il1O55U

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