In 2003, Amy Winehouse burst onto the music scene with her debut album Frank. It wasn’t until her 2006 album, Back to Black, that she became an international star. Her mass appeal was her once in a generation voice, which was unique to all other artists making music at the time. She never wanted fame though and this partially led to her downfall.
The new documentary, Amy, seeks to show her life in personal videos and interviews with those closest to her. By now everyone knows the life and ultimate fate of Amy Winehouse, so the director, Asif Kapadia, has the unique task of telling her life story in a way that keeps the audience engaged with public and private footage.
What we see is a talent who would be more content performing in front of 50 people than 50,000. We see a woman who is enabled by those she is closest to, her toxic husband and fame hungry father, to purchase and use drugs and live a life no one would envy. The film also does a great job of portraying the damage that paparazzi can cause with their seizure inducing camera flashes.
The main purpose of this documentary is to shed light on a misunderstood and scrutinized star, who was taken way too soon. This documentary will appeal to music lovers and cinephiles alike. In the end, what we can gather is that people call for help in different ways and it is all of our responsibility to lend a hand.