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Amy (2015)I've never been a fan of Amy Winehouse or her music and she also… More I've never been a fan of Amy Winehouse or her music and she also represented a lot of things that I don't like in a person. But despite this its directed by Asif Kapadia who was responsible for the magnificent Senna so for this reason I gave Amy a chance and I am glad that I did. Amy tells the story of the singers almost accidental rise, the acclaim she received from her many admirers, the unrelenting pressures and her inevitable fall. I say inevitable as I couldn't help but feel some personalities are almost destined to self-destruct in one way of another and they will find their way to this regardless of any support network. What you do learn though is that her nearest and dearest were pivotal in accelerating this for their own selfish ends and there are two males in particular who were important in her life that shouldn't be able to look at themselves in the mirror. Along with the increase in fame came even more distrust, isolation and an even bigger need for an escape. Whilst a little slow at the beginning (although fans of her work will not find this) you do become drawn into the story. It has an amazingly uplifting moment when Winehouse learns of winning a Grammy and her work with Tony Bennett was a particular highlight. It doesn't change the fact that this film is distressing at times and highlights human nature at its worse. Afterwards I went from not having any time or love for Amy Winehouse to really feeling a huge amount of sympathy for her situation. I couldn't help but warm to her so I guess it's yet another example of how you shouldn't judge on face value as a different spin can make things seem different.
17 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes