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Amy 2015 R CC

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From BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia (Senna), AMY tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse - in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can.

Starring:
Amy Winehouse, Lauren Gilbert
Runtime:
2 hours, 7 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Music, Documentary
Director Asif Kapadia
Starring Amy Winehouse, Lauren Gilbert
Supporting actors Juliette Ashby, Nick Shymansky, Tyler James, Guy Moot, Chris Taylor, Nick Gatfield, Ian Barter, Garry Mulholland, Jonathan Ross, Janis Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Sam Beste, Bobby Womack, Salaam Remi, Yasiin Bey, Tim Kash, Phil Meynell, Pete Doherty
Studio A24
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I saw "Amy" twice - 1st time alone (in a jam packed movie theater and no one made a sound - never had that happen in a movie theater before) and the 2nd time with a friend of mine who knew very little about Amy Winehouse except for the song "Rehab," her drug addiction battle and her death. My friend left the theater a huge fan and both of us had tears in our eyes. It was much more emotional for me the 2nd time.

I have a few criticisms of the film but not enough to reduce my 5 star rating. Asif Kapadia (director) and his team have done a beautiful thing for Amy with this film. Finally people will know she wasn't just a low-life junkie as was portrayed by creeps like Jay Leno, who first welcomed her to his show and praised her performance, then kicked her when she was down with cheap shot jokes and finally called it a tragic loss when she passed away. Jay Leno - FU.

1st thing that I thought might have been a mistake in the film is the performances. Although they are great, I felt that there were no really electrifying performances such as something from the Eurockeennes concert in Belfort France. Kapadia seems to like the performances where Amy was accompanied by just an acoustic guitar. Amy's main stage band are only featured in the downward spiral shows, which are just short clips, but if you had ever seen her hitting her stride with the band (who are fantastic) you'd see Amy when she meant business.

2nd - as a Amy devotee, there are a lot of missing pieces. There is no mention of Amy's Brazil tour in 2011 which was a great success or the way the horrible crowd treated her in Dubai (where, to my ears, she sounded great) just before her disastrous performance in Belgrade. Did you know Amy had a brother?
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"Amy" (2015 release; 128 min.) opens with Amy, then all of 14 yrs. old, singing happy birthday for one of her girlfriends. The documentary then swiftly goes on to 2001, when we see and hear Amy in a jazz band, and before we know it, we are already in 2003. Along the way we see Amy getting better at writing and singing, and at boozing too. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first, some 3-4 years ago, director Asif Kapadia made a riveting and outstanding documentary about the life and times of F-1 driver Ayrton Senna that was simply called "Senna". It went on to win multiple nominations and awards. So when I heard that a documentary on the life and times of singer Amy Winehouse was being made, and that none other than Asif Kapadia was the driving force behind it, I was reasonably sure that it would be a darn good film. Now that I have finally seen this, I can unequivocally state that this is a tough yet honest and of course an intrinsically very sad look at Amy Winehouse, but that as a documentary, "Amy" is top-notch, pure and simple. Kapadia had the full cooperation of the Winehouse family to all the archival footage (and there seems to be a TON of it, including never before seen home footage), and he had also the final cut. As you may have heard, the Winehouse family, having seen the final cut, then disavowed the movie. Why, you may ask? Let's just say that Amy's dad, Mitchell, seems more interested in Amy's money than in Amy's well-being. And it's not like Kapadia has to make it up or anything: it's all right there on tape and in Mitch's own words! Wow.
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The demise of one of my favorite singer songwriters of the last 20 years is beautifully chronicled but definitely doesn't make for a heartwarming picture. Simultaneously enthralling and gut wrenching, this is one of those documentaries that sticks with you.

Narcissistic parents typically raise damaged children to one degree or another. Winehouse and her old man make this familiar trope about as clear as any you'll see on film. A bad dad equals a bad demise for the creator of one of the best albums in a long time. Remember how welcome it was stumbling across 'Back to Black' amidst all the crap and detritus that is contemporary music? 'You know I'm no good' should've rightfully been penned by dad. Early on he makes the preposterous remark in all earnestness, "she got over it very quickly," referring to his abandonment of the family when she was 3 years old. Yeah, okay pal, you got it.

This really is one of the finest music documentaries ever made, it's right up there with 'Gimme Shelter' and 'Searching for Sugar Man.' Though it borders on a cliche ridden tale (a super talent inevitably self destructing) it definitely travels in unexpected areas. By utilizing incredible footage to an almost invasive degree it cobbles together a thoroughly voyeuristic look at a sad and brilliant artist who quickly succumbs to sickness, addiction and a pining for the unattainable affection a self-absorbed parent's incapable of providing.

It's tragic to think of what could've been had she lived. Towards the end she reflects to a producer over the phone about how she has myriad jingles, rhymes and melodies rattling around in her head ready for the next album. She wrote like a dream. She wrote as well as a young Springsteen, Dylan and Sugar Man Rodriguez. Too bad the pipe, needle, bottle and childhood paternal neglect robbed us all blind.
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