Amy tells the story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks.
This film is a creative compilation that tells the story of the Amy Winehouse and her ultimate decline. And it’s an overwhelming experience as we, the audience, was shown an insurmountable breadth of footage with nothing being held back with the most powerful scene when Winehouse met her hero Tony Bennet showcasing a piece of pure magic.
I do have to say, though, I did enjoy one or two of Winehouse’s songs but never really followed her actively as I would with other artists music but I’ve always been fascinated by how the creative mind works with different people. And withAmy, we get deeply intimate with her artistic process and how she is unable to write about any particular topic unless she’s experienced it for herself. This was her power, her ability to constantly write new material that resonated with her and put it to music. On the negative side, however, she had to deal with her own demons that stemmed from her childhood, which later developed into drugs and alcohol, and continued to follow her throughout her life.
I was never one for documentaries, and there are few and far between that I have enjoyed, but Amy has definitely made it onto the list unlike that of Cobain: Montage of Heck, which was just a creepy mess.
This film was a captivating depiction of a life of an incredible talent that was Amy Winehouse. It’s just a shame she suffered so much because the music industry needed a change from the constant vibrations of awfully written, sexually charged pop and rap songs that were written by anyone else but the artist who performed the song. And that was something that definitely made Winehouse stand out from the crowd – her abilities to create music that was deeply personal and to be able to hear it in her voice.
Amy is definitely a film to be seen and one not to be taken lightly.