It's been a while since the last time I've wrote about films I've seen or love, so I thought it was well overdue I threw another film discussion your way. Different kind of film this time, a documentary on a person and artist I whole hearted admire. Amy Winehouse.
Upon going to see the film. I was unsure as to how she would be portrayed. As a waste of space and simply a drug addict who could hold a note? Or as a real person who had ups and downs pre and post fame.
Luckily it was the latter.
A really well edited and created piece it takes you right through her life from early beginnings to her untimely passing. Rather than just focusing on her demise and the picture that the press painted of her. It shows her outside of the media, with her friends and family, before and during her debut release and how her life changed.
This masterpiece really does shed a completely new light on the woman you all think you know and love. It will 100% make you love and respect her even more. At points it's oddly & unexpectedly hilarious. Showing Amy with her friends mucking about, being her natural London gal self. Being 100% unashamedly Amy. One minute she'll have you howling with laughter, the next crying uncontrollably.
Another key objective this documentary achieves is how it portrays the idea of drug addicts and people who need help and struggle with substances. I think a lot of people before seeing this film will have probably written Amy off as a stupid person, who made stupid decisions and is ultimately her own worst enemy. But I think upon seeing Amy, you'll see that it's the people around any addict or in this case Amy who can drive and turn people down bad roads and how no matter how much you try force or give people help, its ultimately the person themselves who have to ask for help and register their issues. Which is something everyone really needs to understand.
This film highlights how the people around Amy had such a bad influence on her. Making her do performances she didn't want to do, forcing her on tour, letting other negative people around her. Treating her like a cash machine. Rather than a person. A human being.
Overall this film is a must see! Love or hate Amy's music, it's not really about the music, its about the story of an individual and how their life changed. It takes a personal look at someones life. Shedding light on her talent and glowing personality and cleaning off the horrid picture the press has made of her over the years.
Go see! You will not regret it.... but take some tissues!