• Review: Amy (2015)

    From David N. Butterworth@21:1/5 to All on Sun Apr 10 09:52:41 2016
    AMY (2015)
    A film review by David N. Butterworth
    Copyright 2016 David N. Butterworth

    *** (out of ****)

    Jimi Hendrix. Kurt Cobain. Jim Morrison. Janice Joplin. Ordinarily, a
    young London lass whose stated goal in life was to be a singer would have
    given her front--and adorably gapped--teeth to be associated with such
    iconic musicians. Soulful British jazz chanteuse Amy Winehouse does indeed bear comparison, both for her talent and her tragic end. These musical legends, along with 'Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones, influential blues guitarist Robert Johnson, and eerily many others, are all members of the so-called 27 Club, a doomed group of performers who lost their lives,
    either by their own hand or otherwise, at the age of 27. The absorbing documentary "Amy" doesn't touch on the club's membership, but focuses on
    Amy, her family, and the demons that haunted her. The film features clips
    from home movies, interviews, and concert performances of the
    controversial, smoky-throated diva who couldn't handle the price of fame--candid times in Camden Town with a heavy dose of portent. Despite Winehouse's protestations in her multiple Grammy-winning, million dollar-selling hit "Rehab," she *did* wind up seeking treatment for drug
    and alcohol addiction, but it wasn't enough. "I ain't got the time and if
    my daddy thinks I'm fine..." Vibrant. Thought-provoking. Heartwarming. Heartbreaking. Asif Kapadia's film paints a compelling portrait of true artistry undone by a surfeit of poor role models and the incalculable
    pressures of instant celebrity.

    David N. Butterworth

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