Critics and audiences alike loved the documentary of singer Amy Winehouse’s life, Amy. The film is essentially a collage, with snippets of narration from her friends, family, and associates. It’s an exploration of her relationships — to people, to her music, and to her addictions.
Amy Winehouse went from small venue jazz songstress to one of the most celebrated singers of her generation or any other. She joined a storied group of musicians and other artists whose lives ended too soon and too tragically. But the film is not a scathing indictment of the entertainment industrial complex. It doesn’t wave a finger at alcohol and drugs, and it doesn’t particularly portray Amy as a victim of these chasms. Rather, it tells the story of her life without whitewash and without sensationalism. We see her as an ordinary girl who happened to have an exceptional voice and whose life trajectory catapulted her to fame and then destruction.
What makes the film so accessible is Amy’s down-to-earth nature and the audience’s ability to relate to her. It’s about the relationship between the cards we are dealt and the choices we make. I was drawn in to her story because Amy was a magnetic, likable person whose success in one area of her life – her professional success – was not only not enough, but a large contribution to her ultimate demise. It’s a story of having the skillful means to navigate the rough waters of stardom, and the transient nature of the ability to cope.
Her managers, producers, collaborators and family and friends all weigh in on her life — her character, her musicianship, her successes and her struggles. You’ll hear from many in the music industry, you’ll get to know her parents and her friends, and you’ll hear her sing.
This is one of the better documentaries of 2015 and will be of interest not only to those who enjoyed her music, but also to those who appreciate the in-depth character study that is Amy. – [DVD]
DVD Release Date: 12/1/15