AMY | REVIEW

I love the music of Amy Winehouse, it has this superb raw gutteral jazz sound that sounds like it comes from a 60yr old pack-a-day smoker that has lived a life of hell in New Orleans and is a jazz legend the world would forever talk about. Well Ms Winehouse is half of these things. AMY is a documentary that presents the life and legend of this misunderstood and mistreated great of the music scene. AMY is out on July 2nd on art-house screens around the country however search your art-house directories as this weekend it is out for preview screenings. It is being released by eOne Australia, is rated MA15+ and runs for 128mins.

 

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Like the female version of Jeff Buckley, Amy was taken from us too soon. What I got from this movie is that she was an innocent young teenager who could sing and sing great, but from the moment people started hearing that voice and realised the potential they used and abused her every step of the way to get the most out of her for their own benefit.

AMY presents a genuine documentary of the life of Amy Winehouse and the eerie part, the majority of the film Amy is in the movie, she is speaking to the camera and we are seeing her life through family, friend and public video. It is probably the most skillfully executed music documentary I have ever seen. We see the discovery, rise, decline and plummet of this talented musician from the wrong era.

 

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The epic biography literally feels like she is present for the making and is showing us her life. Seeing her as a young child singing and on the way to gigs in cars with her friends and hearing her describe her thoughts on what would happen if she became famous are mind boggling. Seeing them come to fruition and witnessing her plummet with drugs and alcohol is heartbreaking. It is one of the most raw documentaries that will warm your heart and then tear it apart. You will want nothing more than to see this starlet succeed but you already know the ending but knowing does nothing to limit the blow, in fact it has this sad melancholy to the entire tone of the movie because seeing the film we are seeing her life in hindsight and you can see everything that culminated in her destruction.

 

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I see the biggest letdowns in her life as being the men in it. The greatest letdown was her father, a selfish asshole who rode on the coattails of Amy’success for his own benefit, he was making me sick in the last scenes we saw of him and Amy together. The other greatest letdown was her one time boyfriend, husband, muse and love of her life, I saw a tool that jumped into her life when famous and jumped out when not. He was stoked at the money rolling in to support his drug habit and Amy’s biggest weakness was the desperate need to have someone close to her. Fame brings millions of people into your world that love you but none of them really know you. She needed to be able to be herself with someone that would treat her like a lady, help her, guide her and she incorrectly thought Blake Fielder-Civil was the one for her. The greatest men in her life we saw in the movie were her school friend, the keyboarder and her number one, her bodyguard. Her bodyguard being the one guy who stood up to her and told her the way it should be. I wish she spent more time with these people so we could have had more time with her.

 

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Asif Kapadia’s direction of this masterpiece is phenomenal, the movie is like a giant collage of Amy’s life, but the movie also had to have a timeline and a narrative and Kapadia not only achieved that, he created one of the greatest music documentaries of all time. Like his film SENNA he went through probably every piece of footage ever made on Amy and created AMY. His narrative highlights her talent, success, greatness, music, collaborations, depression, desperation for approval and to be loved, her battle with alcohol and drugs and loneliness and the media. It shows her completely raw and we see both side of the coin; the greatness and way way way not so greatness. But Kapadia also, or more so the footage indicates a pattern, a pattern that shows us, the public, and the people in her life were all part of her downfall.

Her words as a young teenager “I don’t know what I would do if I was famous, I don’t think I could handle it, I think I would go insane.” The words may be slightly varied from what she actually said, my memory can only remember so much but they are the same point. And those words sum up Amy and the movie. Everything she did with her talent, drove us to love her more, which drove industry people desperate to get more of her for us and she literally hated the limelight. The press hounded her, it was like an alternate universe Princess Diana all over again but this time the princess escaped into depression, drugs and alcohol and this unraveled her.

 

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Nothing makes more sense than the following……………………..

“It’s like we knew it would happen, but we didn’t do anything about it.” – unknown

Shame on us and her support team for allowing this bright light to be put out.

See this documentary, it is bloody brilliant and will affect you for a long time after seeing it.

 

4 and a Half Pops