DVD review: Amy

David Gritten / 02 November 2015

Amy is the heartbreaking story of the talented but tragic singer.

Amy Winehouse came from a far younger generation than Saga readers, though anyone who  knows the first thing about music can appreciate the finesse of her smoky, jazz-inflected singing.

Away from the recording studio, of course, her short life was troubled and difficult. Asif Kapadia’s thoughtful documentary Amy traces her adolescence and career in a manner that succeeds in being both objective and sympathetic.

An extraordinary talent 

There’s a heartbreaking aspect to early footage of her, an innocence and extraordinary talent that would surely find full flower. As a teenager, she was a cheeky, bratty little kid, though one with a curiously innocent air.

Her inability to handle fame and all its pressures is hardly a new one, and no-one – not her father Mitch, not her less than likable husband Blake, nor her closest friends, could shield her from her demons. The physical demands of her schedule did not help, and nor did the media, eager to record every instance of her errant behaviour or emotional meltdowns.   

This is a sad, sobering essay on a young woman’s tragic decline. It should be required viewing for anyone who truly yearns for fame before being mature enough to handle it.

Amy is available on Amazon for £9.99

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