The tale of how a beautiful and sweet soul can be destroyed by the ugliness of the world. Even though Janis lived in one of the greatest and unique social moments in history, she couldn't get over the pain that ironically has helped her shape her own character. This piece has achieved a great deal by successfully portraying this narrative with marvelous performances well placed throughout the documentary.
Worth seeing for the wealth of performance footage alone as well as the choice editing throughout. Joplin was of course a force of nature and a pioneer for women in the rock n roll field but her personal demons were her undoing which is evident here. Berg for the most part lets the music tell the tale and those who were there and wisely saves the adulations from current performers for the credits.
3.5 This is ok for what it is, I guess. Too much interviews with people sitting around talking, I hate that. They should show other stuff while people are talking, cinema is not radio! And when I screened it for friends who had never seen her performance at Monterey Pop, I wound up cutting away from that film to a You Tube of the actual performance. It isn't bad, but this isn't my idea of great film making.
A mostly disappointing and mediocre documentary with too many boring biographical details mediated by hearsay and if-I-remember-right talk. There is too little focus on Joplin's specific style and its impact. But the idea of inserting the contents of letters is good, as well as most of the concert scenes.
“Janis: Little Girl Blue” was competently directed and structured, but I was unable to feel a similar arresting empathy and vibrancy of other recent documentaries about musicians such as “Cobain: Montage of Heck” or “Amy”.
3.5 stars ~ A bit of a talking heads affair with a slightly superficial approach to Joplin's life, but manages to rise to a middle-of-the-road level with great editing, a careful selection of performance footage and the reading of letters. Nothing remarkable, but pleasant to watch and I appreciate the effort. Although, as shown, the world is soul-crushing to people like Janis, so pretty depressing content-wise.
3.5 big Janis fan but they made it too 'poor me' with the cat power voice over. Sure Janis was real vulnerable and had sad life on most part but she was also a fucking badass. There were more interesting parts of her life