Anyone seen this yet? Not sure if it's out in the UK yet tbh. Here's the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2yCIwmNuLE
I saw it over the weekend and I liked it. I think I had very high expectations because of some stuff I'd heard from Cannes and such, so it didn't quite live up to that – but it's a good piece of work and it does treat its subject with love and respect. And more importantly, it manages to keep the main focus on Winehouse as an artist, delving into her lyrics and so on, although obviously at times her personal life demands more attention.
As someone I know wrote about it, it's not very difficult to understand why her family and management ended up distancing themselves from the whole project – they don't come off well in any part of the film. Especially Amy's dad and her second manager Ray come off especially bad. But it's all grounded in things that they themselves have said, recordings are played, so it's not pure speculation or badmouthing.
I did think that at times they used a bit too much paparazzi material. I understand that in a story like this, it's an artistic choice taken in order to make a point and make it very clear just how mental it all got at times – but to me it just felt a bit much, bordering on giving some sort of authority to the paparazzi footage at the same time as they're trying to tell a tale of how destructive the paparazzi and super stardom can be. However, seeing as there is zero use of talking heads in the entire documentary, I guess they need something to put on screen while people are talking in the background.
I definitely recommend AMY to anyone who's interested in the story at all. Obviously if you're not a fan of Winehouse then this is not the film for you. I'd love to hear what you guys think about it as well.