Here [Berg] largely conforms to biopic convention – despite citing Darren Aronofsky’s 2000 film Requiem for a Dream as a (not readily detectable) visual influence. Little Girl Blue sticks to a familiar formula of archive footage, photographs and documents, with reminiscences from Joplin’s family, friends and fellow musicians. There’s even a three-act structure: Janis growing up, Janis in a bad, Janis goes solo. It’s in the fact act that image becomes a keynote.
January 04, 2016