Jennifer Lopez offers us her model with “Halftime,” debuting in the present day on Netflix following its splashy premiere because the opening night time collection of this 12 months’s Tribeca Movie Competition. Whereas there isn’t any query that she and her profession are worthy of such therapy, it is unlucky that the ensuing movie just isn’t fairly worthy of her abilities. As a substitute of leaving viewers with a greater or extra knowledgeable thought of what makes her tick as an individual and as an artist, “Halftime” feels extra like a ruthlessly environment friendly election advert for a political marketing campaign that was determined a very long time in the past.
The movie kicks off together with her celebrating her fiftieth birthday in July 2019, after which follows her over what proves to be an distinctive busy and tumultuous six-month interval dominated by two main occasions. The primary comes with the Toronto Movie Competition premiere of “Hustlers,” the comedy-drama that she co-produced and co-starred in because the chief of a bunch of strippers who be a part of collectively to bilk their sleazy Wall Road shoppers out of their cash. Having spent various years losing her simple presents as an actress on a sequence of star autos that have been mediocre at finest, the truth that she was showing in a showy supporting function in a venture that had extra ambition than “The Again-Up Plan” or “The Boy Subsequent Door” attracted a whole lot of consideration, and led many to take a position that she was an nearly sure guess for an Oscar nomination for Finest Supporting Actress. Though many actors will pooh-pooh (at the least publicly) the significance of awards, Lopez is clearly within the validation that such a factor will confer upon her profession and embarks upon a grueling marketing campaign to land that nomination.
Simply as she is begins that pursuit, one other main supply comes her means—an invite to carry out earlier than the most important viewers of her whole profession throughout the halftime present at Tremendous Bowl LIV in Miami. Because it seems, there may be one last-minute hitch to the deal when she learns that as an alternative of filling the roughly 12-minute-log efficiency slot on her personal, she will likely be sharing it with a second Latina famous person, particularly Shakira. Though she’s outwardly content material with this determination (at the least at first), the fact is that by splitting the time, she now has to determine easy methods to inform her musical story whereas giving the followers at the least a style of the hits that they wish to hear. She should accomplish all of it in a time slot that can not be prolonged. As daunting as this can be, Lopez is up for the problem, maybe understanding at the back of her thoughts that if every little thing comes collectively the best way she hopes, she may have pulled off the singular show-biz achievement of performing for tons of of tens of millions of viewers one February weekend and successful an Oscar every week later.