Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Amy (2015)

Director: Asif Kapadia. 128 min. Rated R. UK/USA. Documentary.

Is this a documentary about a celebrity who was also a drug addict/alcoholic, or a picture of a drug addict/alcoholic who was also a celebrity? Amy Winehouse fans may believe it is the former; for me, unfamiliar with her or her music before her untimely death, it's the latter - because Amy, poignant as it is, was unable to bridge that gap. That's considering we're living in an era where documentaries such as Searching for Sugar Man, Part of Me or Shine a Light are making certain singers attractive to non-fans. And those singers aren't even dead yet.

Mo says:


  1. This was on TV last night so I watched it. I have to agree with your review. It's not a great documentary and although it looks set to win a host of awards that still wont make it a "great" movie.

  2. During awards season, documentaries about singers always seem to garner much more attention than those about more relevant issues that need to be "documented"- probably because artists would rather idolize one of their own.