Posted in Reviews, Top Stories by - December 09, 2015

It’s almost tradition to have some level of tragedy when it comes to the realm of ultra-talented musicians. So, while outrageously harrowing, it didn’t come as much of a surprise when the news struck of Amy Winehouse’s passing. Winehouse graduated from six time Grammy Award winner, to member of the 27 club. With fellow members such as Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrision, and Jimi Hendrix, she’s definitely earned her jacket amongst Music’s elite that died at the age of 27.

The Biographical Documentary, “Amy”, begins as any should, with a quick run through of her childhood, giving us an intimate home video of an early taste of her talent, when she sings “Happy Birthday” to a childhood friend. The film proceeds to progress in the conventional pattern, discussing Winehouse’s first discovery of her passion for music and writing lyrics, along with how she came to be acquainted with people within the industry. We swiftly move to the rising of Winehouse in the music business, which we all know leads her on a ghastly path of self destruction, onwards to a grim passing of life.

This film delivers an impactful message with it, and led me to consider different points of views, particularly on substance abuse and addictive personality disorders, and sincerely gets its point across using nothing more than humanity as its weapon. I found myself having a new found appreciation for Winehouse’s talent, and sickened at myself for taking her unbelievable gift for granted during her duration on this earth. Amy encapsulates moments of pure guilt, regret, and anguish; perpetrated by Winehouse’s loved ones who could have made a difference in her life, most notably her father: Mitch Winehouse. We are left with the impression that Mitch is not a bad man, just an individual who, at the time of Amy’s demise, was just as lost as Amy herself. Mitch himself is not alone, there were many other individuals who could have made an impact, along with many who likely kept Winehouse alive as long as she was. As we learn in this film, someone with the type of illness that Winehouse had is not someone to be abandoned or punished for their issue, but rather nurtured and handled delicately.

Director, Asif Kapadia, does beautiful work capturing genuine moments of Winehouse’s life. Kapadia does a superb job of mixing in home video clips and voice overs with those close to Amy, projecting an element of intimacy, which allows you to relate to Winehouse in a very personal way. The Documentary does an admirable job of portraying and balancing the darkness of this story, while ensuring people understand what an honest inspiration Winehouse was to innumerable aspiring musicians and song writers. Amy has this genuinely interesting element with it where they are able to use specific snippets of her lyrics to convey what is going on in Winehouse’s life at any particular point in the Biography, showing how true and legitimate she was when she continuously told people she wrote about the hurt she felt. When you listen to her speak of this pain she feels, you start to feel the agony they feel, and this film does an absolutely astonishing job of bringing you to that place and moment in her life. Kapadia took a different approach to this film. It was obvious from the start that this was about showing the real Amy Winehouse to people. To dispel the myths and rumors conjured up by the media about this phenomenally talented, and equally destructive individual.

This film depicts the life story of a forceful and feeble woman, Amy Winehouse. It masterfully characterizes her as a person, an artist, a writer, and a soul. The process of this film is more than entertaining, it’s maddening, as it’s impossible to get through this film without feeling helpless. Without wondering if there’s anyone in your life you could help get through moments like this. What it comes down to is: if you’re a fan of film, a fan of music, or just an ordinary person, you need to watch this film. Amy, the film, is elegantly done. Amy, the person, was an elegant person who deserved more than how her life ended.

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