Gaga: Five Foot Two shines a personal light onto the deep inner workings of Lady Gaga, an out-of-this-world music sensation. However, underneath the meat dress and crazy glitzy make-up is just a regular person – Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. This documentary follows Gaga through the trials and failure of her recent engagement, the health struggles of her dear friend, the production of her recent record, Joanne, and the climax of her career, performing during the Super Bowl LI half-time show.
To me, there is something extremely powerful about seeing how the other half lives. You would think someone like Lady Gaga would have it easy with the private jets, fancy clothes and millions of adoring fans. But not even all of that can keep you warm at night.
Gaga talks to her personal struggles with loneliness and you can see it first-hand throughout this documentary. You also see her dealing with fibromyalgia, which causes excruciating muscular pain and fatigue. Fans have applauded Gaga for speaking out openly about her disorder, which is helping raise awareness about the chronic illness.
If you’re wondering why Gaga’s recent album is title Joanne, this documentary explains the story and the person behind the name. In a tender moment, Gaga plays the song she wrote about her late aunt, Joanne, for her grandmother and father. Be sure to have a box of tissues nearby.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this Netflix original and I thought they did a brilliant job of following all the many facets that make up Lady Gaga, who we know, and Stefani, who we get to meet.
It made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me slightly uncomfortable at times… but if that doesn’t describe Gaga summed up into one little (five foot two, to be exact) package then I don’t know what does.
Gaga: Five Foot Two is now streaming on Netflix!