AMY

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Updated: July 10, 2015
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During an interview the soulful singer states “I don’t think I’m going to be at all famous” this statement couldn’t have been further from the truth. Although she only recorded two albums and  most Americans were only able to enjoy the powerhouse vocalist for a brief time, famous she became.

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Directed by Asif Kapaida (Senna), AMY is a 2 hour documentary about the singers life and death. At the age of 16, with a voice matured beyond her years, former manager Nick Shymansky takes Amy under his wing and documents the journey. Amy was a troubled teen that indulged in smoking, drinking and drugs. She suffered from depression that stemmed from an absentee father.  Her only escape was music.

Using archived footage and audio interviews from Winehouse’s friends, music professionals, parents and former husband, Kapadia brilliantly pieces together and provides a vivid view of Amy’s British success and her American crossover. Coupled with the success is a view of Amy’s unhealthy addiction and tumultuous and heart breaking relationships.

 

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Unlike many documentaries, AMY feels like you are watching her life unfold right in front of your eyes. You hurt with Amy as she hurts and you feel her words in your soul. You also see the talented songstress spiral out of control into a depth from which she cannot return. Amy truly was a tragically beautiful soul.

 

I give AMY 5 SNAPS!

 

Gin Blanton
Twitter: gin_ismyname
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