Directed by Asif Kapadia, Amy tells her story in her own words, features unseen footage as well as interviews from her family and friends.
Even as a teen, Amy was a jazz fanatic, had an enormous voice and a talent for songwriting. Even when drunk or high, she seemed to record songs effortlessly.
I was familiar with drunk Amy but didn’t understand the depth until the documentary. Early issues stemmed from her father’s infidelity and parent’s divorce. This resulted in minor substance abuse and alcoholism. Daddy issues led to the selection of the wrong men who were just as disturbed as her (if not worse). Her ex-husband (Blake Fielder-Civil) introduced her to cocaine and pills. Of course, everyone holds him responsible for her substance abuse but remember, she abused drugs and alcohol before she met him. The two became a perfect storm.
I assumed that Amy didn’t have anyone around to keep her grounded. That was not true. Even her Dad became more involved in her life but was in denial about her substance abuse; thus, the line in Rehab:
They tried to make me go to rehab
I said, “no, no, no”
Yes, I been black
But when I come back, you’ll know, know, know
I ain’t got the time
And if my daddy thinks I’m fine
He’s tried to make me go to rehab
I won’t go, go, gooverdose and rehab
She eventually went to rehab but Blake came with. Wasn’t that a great idea?
Amy suffered an overdose, health issues as a result of drug use, and possible mental issues, but was continually pressured by management to perform. This is when we started seeing her act out, walk off stage, lackluster performances, and canceled appearances. She died at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning.
Overall, this documentary was really good but super depressing. Like 30 minutes after watching, I was still sad. I think it always affects me when people die so close to my age; especially, someone so talented and loved. I rented Amy from iTunes for $3.99. iTunes rentals only last 24 hours -_-