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




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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 15, 2015, in Documentary and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Roberta Ferdman

    I saw this movie this evening and totally agree with you. Back to black is one of my all time favorite songs. I feel sad that we will never know just how great she could have been

  2. It’s wonderful ~ thank you ^^
    Good day ~

  3. I do like a few of her songs, but my husband has never liked her voice which had nothing whatsoever to do with her “habits” later in life. I’d probably have to watch this alone on DVD or streaming, that’s for sure. Her music never bothered me and I was saddened to hear she died the way she did.

  4. Ouch. I saw this film Monday afternoon with three friends who liked it much better than I did. I think it was probably just too painful for me to watch someone self-destruct and for such a long viewing time. I agree with you – needed to be shorter, more editing. Always interesting to get your opinions and usually I haven’t seen the movie as soon as you do!

    • Sheila I am stunned you saw a film before I did. lol I totally understand the hardness of watching someone self destruct; but seeing how she could twist a note with such ease (even with the smoking) was astonishing to me. Thanks for the comments.

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