Sunday, August 23, 2015

Movie Review: Amy (2015)

Despite just two albums to her name Amy Winehouse is one of the biggest music icons in British history. With a voice often described as a combination of Billy Holiday, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, Amy Winehouse was a pop star with soul; a once in two generational musical talent whose appeal crossed cultural and demographic boundaries. But while her music made her a star, her chaotic personal life stole headlines.

Since her first album I've been a fan of Amy Winehouse's music. I went to two of her concerts in Amsterdam with Laura and when she died I framed my concert tickets. When I heard this movie was coming out, I knew I wanted to go there, so I asked Laura to join me, since we've also been to her concerts together. We didn't really know what to expect, we already saw every possible bit of info about her and her death on the internet. Well, that's what we thought.

We were wrong. Apparently Amy and her friends used to 'Vlog' a lot. Using a handy cam to film each other. The documentary had lots of new footage, stories from friends and families and lot's of Amy singing. It's a raw, sad, tragic, funny, but most of all beautiful documentary about the life of one of my all time favorite singers.

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