Despite just two albums to her name Amy Winehouse is one of the biggest music icons in British history. Amy Winehouse was a pop star with soul. But while her music made her a star, her chaotic personal life stole headlines.
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"Salaam, yeah, I keep coming out with all battle raps and... they're just pouring out of me. Like Wu-Tang stuff, like... but really neat, very beautifully alliterated little battle raps. So next time you wanna come for me and have a battle rap-off... I'm gonna kill you because... I'm a Samurai."
Kapadia's aesthetic use of archival footage is not quite as searing and perfectly calibrated as it was in Senna, but Amy is a vivacious film, successful in pulling back the curtain to reveal a real, unpretentious, idiosyncratic individual. As Amy's personality becomes deadened by drugs, so does the film's, but seeing the life within her makes the image of a covered gurney so gutting.
Yes I almost cry, yes it's sad to see how she was destroying herself, but the doc took this to a sensationalist level just how it was her whole life. I wish they made something different, she deserves a doc who made people see how incredible and briliant she was ALSO not how fucked up even more, this we already saw.
Amy(tiville) Horror: the story of a talented girl trapped in a haunted flat in Camden who succumbs to her demons and to an army of cruel monsters, incidentally, all male: the Father, the Boyfriend, the Label Manager...
Benefiting from the absence of cliche talking heads, home video and presented lyrics draw a deep and intimate portrait of a troubled yet exceptionally lively girl. It's not easy to make a cinematic documentary, but Kapadia did it. The accelerated editing and final montage among the best of the year.
86/100 - Excellent
I left feeling unsettled, less due to the subject matter than its presentation. Did the film do a disservice to Amy, and to all who experience addiction, by focusing on the stronger story arc of fame? Was the portrayal insidiously gendered? Would it've been constructed differently had its subject been male? Wasn't it ironically, uncomfortably, a continuation of the sensationalism of her story? My gut says yes to all.
Literally watching an angel falling. The life she had behind those big joyful and hopeful green eyes and the dead stare she brought along with her in her last gigs. It's beyond sad. She coulda been one of the all-time greats. That boyfriend of hers was her worst mistake. One could say she died out of love. She chose him over living clean; cause with him there was no clean living. R.I.P. Amy ;(
Intimate and fascinating documentary from Asif Kapadia that takes us on the journey of self destruction that was Amy Winehouse's life. Amy was an incredible talent not built for the scrutiny of fame who was unable to tame her demons especially with so many enablers around her. The drug addled husband, the self serving father and the many too willing to turn a blind eye were just as guilty for the endgame.