When Jennifer Lopez first announced her musical film masterpiece It's me… now: a love storythe resounding response was the same: “What the hell is that?”
“Please watch this shitty trailer,” one person said. pleaded. Another praised Lopez dramatic narration. Some have commented on apparently huge budget. But a person can have I said it best: “Playing yourself in your own musical about your life should be one of the goals, like, that's kind of everything.”
You'd be forgiven for being shocked by the film's trailer, which I previously described as Cloud Atlas-meets-€€€put in a Marvel Cinematic Universe blender and apparently directed by Martin Scorsese when he was in his Hugo time. It's truly shocking, an unexpected level of visual ambition from an artist who hasn't released a full album since 2014. From the teaser alone, it was clear that J.Lo was looking to catch up with the lost time and catching up. to his pop peers with a show all his own.
But more than that, Lopez aimed to tell her story. She had things to say, feelings that weren't addressed in her 2022 documentary. Half time or by decades of tabloid scrutiny. The trailer promised a story of the music superstar's “heart, soul, dreams” and saw Lopez journey through space, dilapidated factories, desert oases and back to the good ol' Bronx – call -the J. The Ulysses. It was the kind of commitment no one expected to receive from Lopez, but one that will be welcome when it premieres on Prime Video on February 16.
However, there are many more questions than answers in the trailer for the film alone, not to mention that It's me now, the album, was released in conjunction with the film musical. As J.Lo's primary scholar on The Daily Beast's Obsessed, I too have been searching for answers. Before the film's streaming release, God smiled at me, took my palm, gave it a gentle squeeze, and led me to a screening of It's me… now: a love story. Let's see if I can't answer some of your most burning questions.
How long is the movie?
This information has been one of the most legendary topics surrounding It's me… now: a love storyand I decided to find out the truth. Ideally, it would last three hours, but there's also something to be said for a classic dose of something short but sweet. The film's official running time is 65 minutes on its Letterboxd page, and I clocked it at around the same time on my phone's timer. Save a few minutes for Lopez's pre-recorded theatrical introduction that accompanied my screening, and you're looking at spending an hour inside J.Lo's mind for the first time since The cell.
Will the film be in theaters?
No public screenings have been announced at the time of publication, but fingers crossed for some sort of one-night event in major cities across America. I'm not aware of the budget for this film, but from my own eyes it looks like it cost around $62 billion; I guess someone, somewhere along the way, wants to make money from this. But it's J.Lo's passion project, so it's probably enough for her to have her big, beating heart reach the masses. Yet the demand is clearly there to see it on the big screen. If Fergie can do it for her 2017 visual album, what's to say that Jenny from the AMC A-List Stubs Membership can't too?
What is It's me… now: a love story even approximately?
I am forbidden to say Also a lot about the intrigue of the powers that be, but I can tell you that it is a work of musical autofiction. Jennifer Lopez reflects on her life in the public eye and her childhood, but discusses these things through a common thread of her superstar romances and their breakups. It is indeed a love story, as the title says. But it's a film about all kinds of love, as you'll see. No one can say it better than Jen herself, as she did in the trailer's YouTube description: “This panorama is an introspective retrospective of Jennifer's resilient heart. » Shit, that's good.
How many songs from the album are in the film, and which ones?
Seven songs from the 13-track album It's me now have extended sequences in the film, each as its own music video that weaves a larger narrative. These songs are “Hearts and Flowers”, “Rebound”, “Can't Get Enough”, “Broken Like Me”, “Hummingbird”, “This Is Me…Now”, and “Midnight Trip to Vegas”. Other selections play in the background of a few scenes, as well as a few additional songs over the credits, such as “Dear Ben Pt. II”, “Mad In Love”, and “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told”. You can preview the abbreviated version of the “Can't Get Enough” sequence in the first music video that Lopez released for the album.
Agree with me: what is this giant list of random celebrities? Who are they playing?
Ah, you mean the one who understand such big names as Keke Palmer, Sofía Vergara, Jennifer Lewis, Kim Petras, Trevor Noah and (of course) MJLo and the film's co-writer himself, Ben Affleck? Revealing too much would ruin some of the fun of watching the film and probably land me in a freezer somewhere in Los Angeles with my blood fueling an exclusive capsule collection of Delola spritz. But I can reveal some information.
Ben Affleck's role is totally unexpected, so much so that he didn't even realize when my eyes met his. Kim Petras, Post Malone, Jennifer Lewis, Trevor Noah, Keke Palmer, Sofía Vergara, Jay Shetty, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sadhguru and some very special guest stars play integral roles in the film. They intend to help Jen overcome her grief and guide her toward the clarity she seeks. Everyone was very clearly excited to have fun for something fair slightly less serious than what they normally work on.
Fat Joe, as we know from carefully studying the movie's trailer, plays J.Lo's therapist. Derek Hough is one of our star's many husbands. And Jennifer? Well, baby, it's just J.Lo. She has to play herself. After all, it's her NOW.