Shawn Mendes: In Wonder
Duration: 1Hr 23mins
Genre: Documentary, Music
Director: Grant Singer
Producer: Saul Germaine, Andrew Gertler, Noah C. Haeussner, James Haygood, Shawn Mendes, Ben Winston
Music: Shie Rozow
Cinematography: Adam Newport-Berra
Editing: Zachary Kashkett
Release Date: 23rd November 2020 (USA)
Released On: Netflix
Star Cast: Shawn Mendes
Plot: Shawn Mendes: In Wonder offers a portrait of the singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes’s life from his early years, rise to fame, and journey.
Review: Shawn Mendes is undoubtedly one of the pop artists of the moment. In his short career since 2015, he has won legions of devoted fans. All this success has led him to collaborate with the best stars of today, and it does not seem that his fame is diminishing. Hence, taking advantage of his latest world tour, music video director Grant Singer has teamed up with Netflix to tell the story of this young Canadian singer.
‘Shawn Mendes: In Wonder’ begins near the end of his ‘Shawn Mendes: The Tour’ tour, and from here we are led back to how he started his career. Throughout the documentary, interviews are also shown with his band, his manager, or the co-writer of his songs. In short, it is shown that this success is not only his.
Despite the reduced musical moments, the icing on the cake is his concert in Toronto. With vibrant and colourful scenes, it shows first-hand what a Shawn Mendes concert looks like!
The documentary also focuses on the singer’s most personal and intimate aspect, therefore, the viewers will get to discover more about the young man's family and his relationship with them.
The high point is about his relationship with singer Camila Cabello. In a non-explicit way, the director has tried to show what problems a celebrity couple may have to face. In Shawn's own words, his relationship with her is based mainly on mutual love and support, mainly during times of stress of their own in their careers.
Overall, Shawn Mendes: In Wonder is an easy-going feel-good portrait of the Canadian star. The documentary is made for the artist’s fans, but due to its dearth of music scenes, it might not look very relevant to those who are just looking to learn the story of a young musician.