Flash Movie Review: Amy
There is no specific time or date when it happens; it just comes to mind one day and you realize you have fewer than more years left to live. I believe everyone has their own method in coming to this realization. For me, it happened when I attended a surprise 50th birthday party some years ago. One of the guests at the party was giving the birthday person well wishes by saying, “May you live another 50 years.” I remember at the time being struck by that comment because if the wish came true then it would mean the birthday person would live to be 100 years old. Ever since that time I once in a while think about what my life would be like at double my current age. In my younger years I was more flexible, both figuratively and literally, probably not as much as an older me. I have also noticed I am not as often surprised by people and events like I used to be; maybe because the more experience one gains in life, the less chance there is of being surprised since you have seen most of it before. My drive to continue on comes from the dreams I maintain; there are so many things I still want to do in this lifetime. An example would be my writing; since I was a little kid I wanted to write and now many years later I finally found an outlet for it, reaching that dream. I am well aware how fortunate I have been to get to this point in my life; this unbelievable documentary only reaffirmed it. DIRECTOR Asif Kapadia (Far North, The Warrior) created a nearly seamless story about 5 time Grammy award winner, British singer songwriter Amy Winehouse. The first thing that amazed me about this movie was the amount of footage there was of Amy, from her as a young child all the way up to the end. She appeared to be so unassuming, just wanting to make her music, but her demons took hold of her. The scenes where the British paparazzi go after Amy were unreal; the amount of camera flashes going off created a white wall of light around her. I do not know how anyone could handle it. Her story was solidly told here; so even if you were not a fan of her type of music, you still could appreciate the life of this celebrated musician. The only complaint I had about this film festival nominee was the length of the story. I felt the movie was a bit long where some of the events seemed like they were being rehashed, maybe just in a different locale. A little more editing would have solved it. This was a tragic story about a brilliant artist that made me feel grateful for being alive to see it.
3 1/2 stars