With this year being hard on everyone, Shawn Mendes came out with his documentary, In Wonder, just in time. The documentary was released on Netflix on November 23, 2020. It shows his story from the time he became famous up to his most recent tour in 2019. In the documentary the viewers are able to meet his family and friends, including his younger sister Aaliyah. Mendes spends quality time with Aaliyah when he is able to pick her up from her first day of school, being that his next show was in their hometown. Later on Aaliyah talks about what she remembers from when Mendes first started singing (Mier). The person that many people were thrilled to see on the documentary was his girlfriend, singer Camila Cabello. In his documentary, “Mendes says all of his songs are about his love for Cabello” (Mier). Many Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello fans think that they are the perfect couple, so it was exciting for their fans to be able to see them interact and sing with each other on the documentary.
The viewers were able to see Mendes grow in confidence from the beginning of his singing career to now. They were also able to see him go through a vulnerable time when he had to cancel one of his shows due to losing his voice. Mendes started crying because he felt like he was letting his fans down, but once he went back to his apartment his mood began to brighten up because he saw that some of his fans had gathered outside and were cheering for him. In Wonder gave Mendes fans something to look forward to during this rough year and gave them a glimpse of the old concert life that they are missing out on right now.
However, Mendes took that glimpse a step further by releasing a movie, Shawn Mendes: Live in Concert, on Netflix that consists of his full concert in Toronto, Canada from his 2019 tour, just two days after releasing his documentary. Mendes tweeted, ‘“Wanted to give you guys something as a thank you for all of the love on the doc’” (Curto). By releasing a concert on Netflix, Mendes fans were able to feel more connected with him and other fellow fans of his music during this time of isolation. Being able to watch this concert remotely gave fans hope for in-person concerts in the near future.
Curto, J. (2020, November 25). Shawn Mendes Surprise-Dropped a SecondMovie This Week. Retrieved November 30, 2020, from https://www.vulture.com/2020/11/shawn-mendes-concert-movie-netflix.html
Mier, T. (2020, November 23). From Loving Camila to Missing Home: 5Takeaways from Shawn Mendes’ In Wonder Documentary. Retrieved November 30, 2020, from https://people.com/music/shawn-mendes-documentary-highlights/