With a 98% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the Kanye documentary Jeen-Yuhs on Netflix is made for the fans and for the ones who want to understand tabloids’ favorite problematic artist, Kanye. The first part of the documentary titled Act 1: Vision has a runtime of 87 minutes. It mostly follows a Kanye who relocates from Chicago to New York to become a rapper-producer. The first part also includes some endearing moments involving his mom, Donda West.
Jeen-Yuhs reveals the stark difference between the old and the new Kanye. However, Kanye’s self-involvement remained constant over the years. Therefore, it is no surprise that many are tempted to stream the documentary, while others are wondering if it is worth their time. So, here we are, looking at critic reviews and fan reactions to Jeen-Yuhs.
What do you critics have to say?
Complex considers the 4.5 hours documentary a “Kanye West’s story- A story of duality“. The Netflix documentary was first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before its release on the streamer. Shot and directed by Clarence Coodie Simmons, according to the Financial Times, it “shows the gifted musician behind the obnoxious exterior.”
However, “It’s too unwieldy and undisciplined for its most effective moments to last,” reads IGN’s review. Coodie first met Kanye in 1998 when he interviewed him for a public access TV Show. Recognizing the potential in him, he decided to document the young man’s journey.
Fans reaction to the Kanye documentary on Netflix
Fans loved the raw nature of the documentary and found it relatable. Take a look at the Twitter verdict:
This Kanye doc man #JeenYuhs it's amazing I'm lost for words. You don't need to be a fan, but you'll be inspired to get up & live your life. Everything he said since 1998, he done did it man.
ALL THIS DRAMA ASIDE, KANYE WEST IS A GENIUS & VISIONARY AND YOU CAN'T DENY THAT.
— TONY FRANK (@SaintSeverino) February 16, 2022
After having some time to process #JeenYuhs, I have to say, the footage Coodie has is mind-blowing. Rare moments w/ Donda. Behind the scenes at Rocafella. Ye's last moments as an unknown civilian.
This will resonate with any artist trying to make it — especially out of Chicago.
— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) February 11, 2022
Dude in Roc-A-Fella Office: Kanye man you still doing your documentary? I thought it was finished man
Kanye: Nah man, it's the beginning. It'll never be finished #JeenYuhs
— Phella (@iamphella) February 17, 2022
— ariel (@aaaaarie_) February 16, 2022
I almost weeped when I saw how Donda inspired her son in #JeenYuhs . She’s an incredible woman with a beautiful soul. Kanye is suffering a lot now, Donda will always look after you, boy. Get well soon, Ye.
‘A giant looks in the mirror and sees nothing’ – Donda West pic.twitter.com/aEtu7tipSS
— Sapphic Nun (@poornun) February 16, 2022
What can you expect from the last two parts of Jeen-Yuhs?
In Act 2: Purpose, we will see Kanye getting his big break. Rock-a-Fella finally offers him a contract, and he gets featured on a Jay Z song for The Blueprint. He releases his College Dropout, which goes platinum and catapults him to fame. Meanwhile, he is also met with an accident and is required to undergo jaw restructure surgery. His next single “Through the fire” is also positively received by the public. But as his fame increases, he starts leaving behind his closest people.
Kanye’s mental health deteriorates, he becomes erratic after losing his mother in 2007. A broken Kanye asked Coodie to stop filming. For the subsequent 6 years, Coodie didn’t film anything. Act 3: Awakening documents the decline of the star, his frequent meltdowns, his presidential campaign, the infamous incident with Taylor Swift, and his marriage to Kim Kardashian.
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