We’re given a glimpse at a side of her rarely seen: frustrated and testy. While recording the enormously influential Rhythm Nation album, which would go on to sell over 12 million copies worldwide and spawn a still unsurpassed seven Top 5 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, Janet fretted openly during an argument with Jam that, “It’s not going right. It’s not happening, that’s all.” The pressure of following Control, a blockbuster in its own right, was weighing on her and she had reached an apparent boiling point. In another scene, she and Elizondo sit alone in a room while he attempts to inflate her ego, telling her: “You have everything it takes. No one can touch you.” Still, she recounts having dreamed before opening the night of her Rhythm Nation tour that only a few people showed up. Janet has been fairly open about her self-esteem issues throughout her career, particularly during the promotion of The Velvet Rope, when she talked about being depressed. But here we get to see what that looked like on the other side, how someone capable of such greatness (and the ensuing popularity that affirmed it) could nonetheless doubt herself. It’s hard to explain, which is exactly why it’s important to show it. If only more time in JANET JACKSON. were spent treating this documentary like the opportunity that it is.