If Shawn Mendes: In Wonder is to be believed, the award-winning artist is just a hometown boy from suburban Toronto who loves music. A nice Canadian who, thanks to a supportive family and an "Olympic athlete" persistence at perfecting his skills, made it big. Here's Shawn, crying over a canceled concert, only consoled by his mom via Facetime. Shawn, driving himself around Toronto and offering instructions to a fan at a stoplight on how to turn the phone to selfie mode. Shawn, talking about his non-normal "normal life" with girlfriend Camila Cabello in their first apartment together. Those thousands of young female fans filmed swooning over Shawn at venues around the world? This film is for them, and they'll love him all the more for it.
But there's content here for the non-swooners too. It involves Shawn's upbringing and home life, what he misses about home, his fears for the future, the anxiety that has accompanied fame. His parents' families immigrated to Canada from Europe. His parents still live, with his high school-aged sister, in his childhood home (and maintain his bedroom intact). He's kept his childhood friends. A schoolteacher helped him pursue his dreams. This is all, you could argue, the view we're meant to see here -- no substance abuse, no celebrity outbursts, no rumors, nothing overtly sexual (you can YouTube the Mendes-Cabello "Señorita" video later). This documentary is entirely focused on the young man and his music, and that's something to be appreciated.