The End of “Beauty”, Explained – What Happened to Jasmine and Beauty?
Directed by Andrew Dosunmu, “Beauty” is a film about a black singer on the brink of fame in the 70s. The film tries to comment on the harmful effects of the music industry, but it is too distant to invoke feelings. . Beauty is a young girl who was groomed by her mother to become an extraordinary singer. Her mother was a church singer who was not as successful as she had hoped, so Beauty became her only hope. The film attempts to show how fame has affected her relationship with her family and her lover, Jasmine. The film has a vagueness that does not essentially work in its favor.
Plot Summary: What is the film about?
The beauty is in love with Jasmine/Jas, but she must keep her relationship a secret from her parents, who were devout Christians. Only her brother Abel knows about their relationship and he does his best to protect his sister. Their half-brother, Cain, has always sought to win their father’s affection and has distanced himself from Beauty and Abel. Beauty’s father wanted her to be a commercial success, while her mother thought she needed more time to truly excel. Beauty has never had the opportunity to form her own opinion. From an early age, she was taught to obey all decisions made by her parents, even if she did not agree with them. His father and mother painted the image of a perfect family, but they were far from it. Husband and wife did not share a respectful marriage; above all, the woman had to submit to the domination of her husband.
When a record company approached Beauty about signing a contract with them, her father was enthusiastic about it, but her mother wanted to keep her away from the exploitation industry. A certain fit of jealousy was anticipated by Beauty when her mother tried to oppose her daughter’s journey to fame. Only Jasmine cared about Beauty, honestly. She challenged her to question the decisions made by her parents and even warned her that signing the contract would eventually change their relationship.
Has the beauty signed the contract?
Jasmine had advised Beauty to find a lawyer to better understand the contract. She announced this decision in front of her parents and the white representative of the record company. Her father took her aside and threatened to sign the contract because they had invested enough money and time in her and she had to respect their decision for her. Her father realized that it was Jasmine who taught his daughter to think independently. Nevertheless, Beauty again obeyed her father’s decision and signed the contract. Later that night, her father asked Cain to take Jasmine away from his daughter. Even though he was unaware of their relationship, their friendship threatened his position. Cain attempted to carry out his father’s intention and he asked Abel to join him. But in the end, Abel manages to get the car off the road and the two fight in the streets. Even though Cain was unable to complete the task his father asked of him, Jasmine faced violence. While Jas wasn’t into drugs, she went behind a bar with the bartender, who promised to supply the drugs Beauty liked. But the bartender physically assaulted her and she was admitted to the hospital. Jasmine believed they had to live their separate lives because somehow their relationship seemed unsustainable to her, but Beauty refused to give up. After signing the contract, the two moved into an apartment in a town that was purchased by the music record company (Colony).
Explanation of the ending: what happened to Jasmine and the beauty?
Beauty prepared to become a pop star, and at the same time she began to express her opinion. The white woman (colonizer) of the music label company ordered the lovebirds not to show any affection in public. Beauty had to be a heterosexual fantasy that everyone wanted. Therefore, his sexuality had to remain hidden. Not only that, the kind of music she would make had to be loved by the black community, but it also had to make white teenagers obsessed with her. Therefore, some bleaching of his music was desired by them. They groomed her to answer questions in a docile manner and prompted her to mention that she was waiting for the right man to come into her life. She was advised to wear long black hair which was considered most desirable by the black community, but Beauty refused to wear her hair straight. She was proud of her curls and wanted to keep her hair short. She was taught to speak like a white woman and to sing according to the taste of white people. The Colonizer had pictures of prominent black musicians, indicating that the sole purpose of the “Colony” music label was to make music made by black artists more sympathetic to the white community. Even though she was shaped by the company, she tried to voice her opinion whenever she could.
Jasmine was by Beauty’s side the whole time. She documented Beauty’s journey to fame and was eager to see her partner’s success. But Beauty started to drift away and showed interest in a man who lived next door. Although at first Jasmine didn’t think much about it, in the end she knew that their relationship would be affected. Beauty had lost contact with her family by then, but one day her brother, Cain, came to town to inform her of her father’s illness. She went to visit him in the hospital and what she thought was a conversation about forgiveness turned out to be quite the opposite. Even though her father’s health was failing, he wanted Beauty to give him her share of the money she received from the music company. He said she owed them this, but this time Beauty retorted by saying she owed them nothing. She left the chain her father had given her and added that she would be a success one day and that she would celebrate it with everyone except her father.
At the end, Beauty is invited to Irv Merlin’s TV show, where she has to sing “Somewhere over the rainbow”. She initially refused to perform this song but had to accept it later. She listened to Judy Garland’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” but in the middle of it, she switched to Patti LaBelle’s version. She felt a surge of emotions listening to the song, wanting to express how she felt but knowing she had to perform according to what was expected of her. She must have been famous, but she had a hard time understanding who she was and how she wanted to be remembered. On the day of the show, she was with Jasmine in her dressing room when her mother came in and showed her support for her daughter’s success. After her mother left, there was another knock at the door. He was the neighbor Jasmine had heard of before. The beauty had invited him to her show to prove how magical her voice was. The two were drawn to each other and there was visible tension in the room. After the man left, Jasmine asked Beauty about it. She reluctantly replied that she just wanted to prove herself. But after Beauty left the room, Jas was in tears, fearing the worst she had ever known was about to happen. Beauty is presented as the sensation to come, and it waits for the curtains to rise.
The film attempts to bring together the experiences of various black artists who have been exploited by white labels. The story bears a strong resemblance to the life of Whitney Houston, although the film makes no mention of it. The film had potential given what it wanted to say, but, in the end, it was poorly expressed.
Directed by Andrew Dosunmu, the film is streaming on Netflix.