Legendary songbird Amy Winehouse died of alcohol related problems in 2011 at the tender age of 27, after struggling with drugs, alcohol and eating disorders throughout her adult life. Her struggles were frequently exploited by the media, and she became known largely for her nervous behavior and antics instead of her incredible singing voice.
Asif Kapadia’s new documentary, Amy, seeks to re-evaluate Amy Winehouse’s legacy by exploring her early life and her extraordinary talent.
Much like Montage of Heck, the first authorized documentary about Kurt Cobain, the documentary pieces together personal home movies, interviews with friends and family and voice recordings to tell a story about Amy Winehouse, the artist, the woman, the jokester; not Amy Winehouse, train wreck.
In an interview with Terry Gross of Fresh Air, Kapadia says, “One of the big revelations for me–I didn’t realize how funny she was. I didn’t realize she played a guitar. She had this amazing personality.”
The film seems to abstain from placing blame on one single part of Winehouse’s life–though her father seems to take the brunt of the responsibility for not taking Amy to rehab, thus resulting in the song “Rehab.” Mitch Winehouse and the Winehouse family have since distanced themselves from the documentary, stating that the film “selectively edited” conversations with him that make it appear as though he and the family were against getting Amy any sort of help for her addictions.
Amy is already in limited released in theaters, and will be released widely tomorrow. Will you be seeing it?