Britney vs Spears 2021 TV Movie Review – Netflix.
Britney vs Spears, a documentary on Britney Spears’ much-talked-about and discussed conservatorship, premiered on Netflix on Tuesday, September 29. If you are expecting to unearth some unknown facts about the troubled singer through this documentary, you will be a bit disappointed. Journalist Jenny Eliscu and filmmaker Erin Lee Carr are seen investigating Britney Spears’ conservatorship that has been there for more than 13 years now. The duo is seen speaking to people who are and were once close to Britney.
Directed by Erin Lee Carr, Britney vs Spears begins with Britney’s rise to fame, her wedding to Kevin Federline, losing the custody of her kids, followed by her father Jamie Spears getting her conservatorship. Carr and Eliscu are seen speaking to Britney’s paparazzo-turned-boyfriend, Adnan Ghalib, her one-time manager Sam Lutfi and assistant Felicia Culotta. The makers also played the texts exchanged between Britney and Ghalib, where she is seen opening up about her ordeal. They also played a voicemail message that the singer had left her lawyer in 2009. Britney can be heard pleading for help so that she doesn’t lose access to her children.
Eliscu is seen recalling an incident when she helped Ghalib and Lutfi to get Britney’s lawyer changed. Eliscu visited the Montage hotel where she met Britney in a washroom and handed her the petition. The singer was familiar with the journalist who had interviewed her twice earlier for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
Many witnesses are called to discuss and analyse Britney Spears’ conservatorship. However, not much could be unearthed in this documentary, which unfolds over 90 minutes. It felt like Britney’s former assistant Felicia Culotta, who was once her confidante would be able to share some details. But, more often than not, she was heard saying, “I don’t want to talk about that”. Even the psychiatrist who allegedly made the assessment that Britney is unable to make her own decisions, which led to her father becoming her conservator, was quite evasive. He did not give any helpful answers either. The film was mostly filled with suspenseful music, which was overbearing at times. However, glimpses of Britney’s songs throughout the film were the saving grace.
Britney Spears has been under conservatorship for over 13 years, but the topic garnered maximum attention in the last one year. Her fans led the #FreeBritney movement on social media, which garnered a lot of traction. Britney vs Spears can be an eye-opener for those who aren’t aware of Britney Spears’ conservatorship, which she has been living under since 2008. But, the film has very little new information for fans who have kept track of the singer’s life over the years. If you want more in-depth details about the singer, you can watch Framing Britney Spears, which is available for Indian viewers on Discovery+.