Genre: Documentary, Biographic, Musical
Duration: 128 minutes
Language: English (Hollywood)
India Release Date: 10-JUL-2015
Plot: The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks.
Overall Review: A British Jazz Player comes alive on the screen. A film that portrays Amy’s Career, Relationships and her ups and downs has been handled delicately with every minute details. The film’s title AMY in BIG BOLD capital letters with Magenta shade depicts emotions and young talent. The films excels in every frame as it is made up of home video and TV clips of Winehouse Family. Details are captured in with voice overs of people who were close to Amy and her family. The unconventional documentary is told conventionally from her early life through to her sad end. Film is quite balanced. First half shows the career graph of Amy and her likes / dislikes while film is quite brutal and dark to watch in its second half due to its very realistic depiction of the impact of drugs, drinking and bad relationships on her life and fall of the vocal talent who reached the glory with only two albums. The situation rapidly went out of control and Amy died in 2011 at the age of 27, alone at her home in Camden, London. Despite the darkness of that part of the story, one thing that remains positive throughout is how the film celebrates Winehouse’s incredible talent for jazz singing.
Performance & Technical Review: Documentaries are often more suited to television than cinema but the inventive style of narrating has made AMY to be seen on big screen. Asif’s efforts speaks for himself; He is master at finding a sense of the truth about his subjects. It compels me now to see his previous documentary SENNA that is based upon Brazilian F1 Pilot: Ayrton Senna. Music is amazing, the subject is fascinating and Kapadia’s technique is better than everything else. Asif Kapadia has managed to bring all the materials together (Video Clips / Footage’s / Voice-overs etc.) and have made it a captivating experience that makes for an absolute brilliant watch. Considerable credit also must go to Amy’s editor, Chris King who has done near to perfection editing of the overall film.
PDF Verdict: An honest film that plays striking melodies depicting life of brilliant jazz singer – AMY WINEHOUSE.
Ratings: 4 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 5 on 5
Screenplay: 4 on 5
Music: 4 on 5
Cinematography: 4 on 5