Amy

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7.82 h 7 min2015R
From BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia (Senna), AMY tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse—in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can.
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Asif Kapadia
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Amy WinehouseTony BennettMark Ronson
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English [CC]
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SuMoReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fearless as the Lady Herself. Deserves Five Stars
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I feel conflicted giving this documentary five stars, as that means I loved it. I didn't want to love it, and I didn't want to watch it, considering that the film was made because Amy's poor soul is no longer with us, and that is a tragedy. Rating this purely as a film I give it the highest accolades and five stars. It is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. The balance between the person of Amy Winehouse and her career is handled with the utmost sensitivity and honesty. I particularly appreciated the input from her historical friends and felt that a fully realized picture of Amy was portrayed. Looking back to those films of her younger self in the car with her pillow are just heartbreaking, knowing how this spins out. One of the most amazing parts of the film for me was being transported to how she must have felt after achieving world-wide fame, with the numerous camera flashes going off constantly. At one point during watching, I said out loud "Dear G-d, make it stop!" This was me, watching alone in my room, so I can only imagine how Ms. Winehouse must have felt, being one who truly didn't want the fame and unfortunately the infamy that wanted her desperately. As other reviewers have pointed out, some in her story come off in a negative light, and rightly so considering their actions, but that's for their consciences to deal with. I do have to say that I hope there is a certain corner of hell reserved for late night talk show hosts (yes, you Jay Leno & Graham Norton) who alternately fawned over Amy, the performer, when she was on top of her trade, and then made such horrible "jokes" at her expense as she was suffering from a myriad of health and substance issues. Bastards. Then again, so many alternately fawned over, and then abandoned her, sadly many of those firmly riding the cash cow. I especially feel for Amy's friends from the early days, and hearing some of her girlfriends voices continually break whilst speaking of her caused me to cry my own tears. Mark Ronson also receives my sympathy, as he was a good friend in a tough situation. As for Amy's father... at one point he disavows his advice that she not enter rehab saying something along the lines that if she had, there would not have been Back to Black.... Well Mr. Winehouse, then again if she had, we still might have Amy, alive and well, and some works superior to the aforementioned CD, as almost perfect as it is. This is also as close to perfect as a documentary can be, and serves as a reminder of what the world has lost. The film left me feeling that I wished that somehow I could have reached out and done something, anything, to have helped her, so that she could have held on until Amy realized her true self and her true self-worth, and maybe to have found the strength to tell certain men in her life to f-off for good. As another reviewer has noted, the quote by Tony Bennett is so very true. Had she just lived long enough... One of the most honest voices in the film (besides her childhood friends) was the drug counselor who understood the needs, as well as the real deal, but seemed to be outvoted by the parasites, and you know who you are. Amy should still be here, and that is my take-away from this film. Rest in peace.
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GuitarfreakReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must see
I saw "Amy" twice - 1st time alone (in a jam packed movie theater and no one made a sound - never had that happen in a movie theater before) and the 2nd time with a friend of mine who knew very little about Amy Winehouse except for the song "Rehab," her drug addiction battle and her death. My friend left the theater a huge fan and both of us had tears in our eyes. It was much more emotional for me the 2nd time.

I have a few criticisms of the film but not enough to reduce my 5 star rating. Asif Kapadia (director) and his team have done a beautiful thing for Amy with this film. Finally people will know she wasn't just a low-life junkie as was portrayed by creeps like Jay Leno, who first welcomed her to his show and praised her performance, then kicked her when she was down with cheap shot jokes and finally called it a tragic loss when she passed away. Jay Leno - FU.

1st thing that I thought might have been a mistake in the film is the performances. Although they are great, I felt that there were no really electrifying performances such as something from the Eurockeennes concert in Belfort France. Kapadia seems to like the performances where Amy was accompanied by just an acoustic guitar. Amy's main stage band are only featured in the downward spiral shows, which are just short clips, but if you had ever seen her hitting her stride with the band (who are fantastic) you'd see Amy when she meant business.

2nd - as a Amy devotee, there are a lot of missing pieces. There is no mention of Amy's Brazil tour in 2011 which was a great success or the way the horrible crowd treated her in Dubai (where, to my ears, she sounded great) just before her disastrous performance in Belgrade. Did you know Amy had a brother? You wouldn't know it watching this film. Her brother (I won't mention his name) is so anti-spotlight he probably asked Kapadia not to mention him in the film. Also her BFF Kelly Osbourne is not in the film or mentioned once. Same with Dionne Bromfield, Amy's protege and Amy's last on-again off-again boyfriend movie director Reg Travis except for a couple of photos. This may add fuel to the fire to support Mitch Winehouse's claim of a "misleading" portrayal of him in the film. If any of you have seen Mitch's (don't call it a reality show) documentary "My Daughter Amy" you will see that Mitch does not need anyone else to help him come across as a parasitic, opportunistic lime-light seeker riding on the coat tails of his daughter's fame. As for Nick, Juliette and Lauren "abandoning" her in 2008 ( a "tough love" tactic to try to get her straight}, wasn't it you Mitch who abandoned Amy when she was 9 years old, only to reappear after she got a $250,000 record contract? Come on Mitch. Mitch and Reg are making a film to set the record straight - the tentative title of the film is "Mitch." Blake Fielder-Civil gives me the hee-bee-gee-bees big time, but I think it is fair to bring up that he asked for no money in the divorce settlement which is not mentioned in the film. Don't get me wrong - I detest Blake and he was obviously a very destructive influence on Amy's life, but don't forget that the songs from the album we all love "Back To Black" are mostly about him. There is a scene in the film where Blake is pushing Amy to sing "Rehab" while they are both in the rehab facility together where Amy says "I don't mind it here" which makes you just want to strangle Blake.

Those criticisms are minor because of the impact of the film. The footage of Amy pre-fame, provided by Nick Shymansky, Juliette Ashby and Lauren Gilbert are priceless and there are many glowing moments in the film. When she won the Grammy I welled up with tears and I'm sure you will too. When Amy is recording "Body and Soul" with the legendary Tony Bennett, it's a wonderful and powerful point in the film. On the dark side, when I saw the selfies Amy took of herself in 2008 I gasped. The relentless paparazzi was terrifying. When she is going up to the stage to accept the BRIT award it puts you right there, and as Amy says "It's very scary" and it is. The last phone conversation with Juliette Ashby and the last thing she said to her bodyguard broke my heart. This really is a must-see film.

Amy was thrust into super stardom at the age of 22. No one including Amy herself knew how to deal with it. This film does not try to point the finger at anyone for her demise but you may feel a little guilty yourself after watching it. Asif Kapadia and his team have created a beautiful portrait of a overwhelmingly talented, mesmerizing, lovely young girl, who never sought fame, but was eaten alive by it. I'm hoping that this movie will give Amy the respect she deserves. Amy Winehouse - wish you were here.
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MusicFan2011Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
This Film Makes You Fall In Love With Amy Again & Will Break Your Heart!
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Have been an Amy Winehouse fan since I first heard her in 2006. Was extremely hurt when Amy passed away in 2011 at the very young age of 27. I have collected her official CD & vinyl releases and her unofficial vinyl releases (believe me there are more unofficial high quality releases on vinyl than official releases. sad that her dad & record company sit on these treasures). I also collect Amy on DVD. When I saw this film was being released I really was happy that Amy's legacy was being carried on. I had read Amy's father's book on her and was kinda apprehensive when he started making a fuss about how he was portrayed in the documentary. I mean film can't lie? After watching this DVD twice, there were three people who really didn't have Amy's best interest at heart. #1. Blake Fielder, the ex husband who Amy married in 2007 & divorced in 2009. He was the one who introduced Amy to hard core drugs and Amy nearly died trying to keep up with him. #2. Raye her manager, this man when realizing his client was a heroin addict, said to one of Amy's concerned friends "there are doctors, lawyers and other higher up people who can function on this stuff", Really? Idiot. #3. Amy's father, Mitch. Amy was in St Lucia to get clean and get away from the constant press hassle. Her Dad arrives with a camera crew to film her there! According to her bodyguard, Amy even offered him the cash that he was being offered for the filming! At one point prior to this, it was brought to Mitch's attention that Amy desperately needed rehab, as to which Mitch replied, "But she has to go on tour"! The poor girl had no chance with all the vultures surrounding her. The film is a mostly a beautiful tribute to a talent that comes along once in a lifetime. It's like actually being "there". The one part that I found fault was that they didn't show too much about her actually breaking her drug habit in 2008. Sadly her alcohol intake increased. If you're an Amy fan, you will mostly love this for the rare footage. There are clips of rare unreleased songs that should have a proper release. If you're an emotional person, as I am, you will need a tissue. This movie sure touched my heart. It made me fall in love with Amy all over again. And, it opened up the still fresh wound of losing her all over again....
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Yo Adriennnnneeee!Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The most informative media project on her life
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The director didn't know much about Amy when he started this project and that shows in the objectivity of the portrayal of her life. The narrative is shown rather than told through video footage and interviews with those who were close to Amy. Additionally enough time has passed where people close to the situation can speak candidly instead of parroting the PR talking points they've been given or staying silent altogether. I've seen the other docs, read countless articles, and there's no doubt that Amy pushed away people who truly had her best interests at heart while welcoming people who wanted to exploit her into her inner circle as she rose to fame. I never understood why until I saw this documentary: her fathher treated her not like a daughter but like a product and means to an end. Her mother was too overwhelmed by divorce, being a single mom raising two kids to take the reigns and discipline Amy the wild child in the way she needed. Amy did not have a functioning family model of love but rather a dysfunctional family. After I learned that in the documentary, it's no wonder she was such a terrible judge of character when it came to selecting the right people to surround herself with. She selected Blake, the creepiest most obvious user out there for himself, because that was FAMILIAR to her. She was so young she didn't even have time to reflect on her decisions and outcomes. With no effective parental role models she was basically raising herself... If she had lived I think she would have started to realize there must be a better way and sought counseling.

In terms of her music and song writing, genius doesn't suffice... She was a PRODIGY. When I was in my early twenties and she burst in the scene I did not get her voice or lyrics. Now I'm 32 and I've gone back and listened to everything and my God, I can't believe how oblivious I was. She writes with the insight and wisdom of someone in their sixties... And she was in her teens and early twenties.

Fortunately we live in times now that the public and media have finally developed sensitivity and compassion for those in the public eye going through hard times. Imagine the backlash if Jay Leno made fun of her addiction today... It would not be tolerated. How sad she became famous at a time the invasion of privacy was accepted as normal and there was less compassion and sensitivity to mental illness and addiction.
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by swmReviewed in the United States on April 3, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Watched movie with my daughter to open discussion
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I watched this with my tween daughter with the hope that it would open a discussion about drug and alcohol addiction. I'm happy to say it worked as intended, she asked a lot of questions and we were able to have an in depth talk about drugs and alcohol. We both really like the music of Amy Winehouse and admire her skill as a songwriter. It was so fascinating to see actual home movies of the singer and hear first hand accounts about her from friends, family and business associates. It was amazing watching her record in the studio and seeing her work- she was such a talented and dedicated artist with perfectionist tendencies towards her craft and, unlike so many in the music industry, she did not seem to seek fame and fortune. She was a real, genuine artist. It was heartbreaking to watch her demise due to addiction and it was frustrating to see how there was no one in her inner circle that could, or would, help her. Excellent documentary that I will probably watch again. Highly recommended.
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The RavenReviewed in the United States on February 26, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
I have never loved and hated a piece like this.
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Let me say I am a huge Winehouse fan It was heart wrenching to watch the decline on film. Then it was full of joy at other times. Amy had a serious and deadly disease ... well 2... Bulimia + Alcohol is death absolute the potassium levels drop and the alcohol slams them to the mat by depleting the same. She was a brilliant shooting star that showed us for a brief period what true talent was. If she had died from another deadly disease say... cancer? peoples attitudes would have been way different. As it was they were all over the poor girl tearing her down further. Leno and all those people that thought they were so clever made things worse. Why is it that no ones making fun of people when they have cancer... THAT would be ludicrous right? Yet we make fun of people with mental disease like they have some moral deficiency. Every Winehouse fan should see this but be warned you will cry and your heart will hurt. See it anyway. RIP Amy I hope you finally found the peace you so desperately needed and no one gave to you.
joel wingReviewed in the United States on July 31, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
The music business her dad and her husband exploited Amy & led to her downfall
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Amy is a biographical documentary about the life of Amy Winehouse. It starts off when she was a teen and showed her early singing talent to her friend trying to get her into the music business to her rise to stardom. There’s also her personal relationships and how that led to her problems with drinking and drugs. Plus how the music industry helped lead to her destruction. The film relies upon interviews with Winehouse and her friends, along with personnel videos. The videos are the real highlight as they show Amy in her own element not sitting around talking to reporters or talk show hosts.

Right at the start of the movie there’s a home video from her friend’s birthday party when she was 14 and you could already tell that she was a talent.

Other times it shows that her boyfriends caused her lots of problems. After one break-up with Blake who eventually became her husband her friends found her a mess and wanted to put her into rehab but her dad didn’t think it was necessary. One of her close friends believed that was a big mistake because it was right on the cusp of her big breakthrough where the whole world would be focused upon her and all that pressure led to more issues. Of course that became the lyrics to one of her hit songs where she says she didn’t go to rehab because of her father.

Later the film pretty much blames the husband Blake for her drug abuse, overdoses, etc. A drug counselor even said that he felt Blake was dependent upon Amy for the money to keep his habit going.

It also shows how the music business contributed to her decline. She was strung out on drugs and needed help and yet they made her do concerts still and that included her father who was running his own side businesses to make money off of her daughter.

Overall Amy proves to be a pretty depressing documentary about the rise and fall of a great singer.
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Karen💓0420Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
This film is put together so well and gives an unbiased look at the beautiful, sweet
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This documentary was such an open and honest look into Amy Winehouse's life.This film is put together so well and gives an unbiased look at the beautiful,sweet,funny,ugly and heartbreaking raw footage the entire run time.I knew very little about Miss Winehouse and what i did "know" was primarily from the media dragging her through the mud and cramming Amys entire career and life into one box and slapping a "false" label on it called "junkie".I was taken aback at how funny and sweet she was as a young teen that evolved into a woman whose voice and original lyrics seem as if they are being channelled by an old soul from a previous life or two.In my opinion,her drug and alcohol abuse is NOT the Amy Winehouse story.Its a side note in her death and has nothing to do with her "Life".I lost my little sister to drugs and alcohol when she 30.When i think of my sister,drugs and alcohol NEVER come in mind.They are not her.Her beautiful heart and memories are what come to mind.Death may be a "side effect" when consuming drugs/alcohol because the body is being poisoned.Amy Winehouse,just like my sister, aren't weak.or flawed or have a broken moral compass nor a "trainwreck".They wanted to feel numb or euphoric (like who doesnt).Unfortunately,their choices were fatal.This doc humanizes Amy,not by directing the viewer in a biased way.It humanizes her because its raw footage of her being human.Ive rented this doc twice now and both times had me completely engulfed and captivated.Definitely one of my top 5 best biography/docs that ive seen."Amy" (the movie and the woman) left a mark on my heart and mind.
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