Amy review: A brief life expertly assembled by Asif Kapadia

  • Rashid Irani, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 11, 2015 14:42 IST

Asif Kapadia
Rating: 4/5

Unfolding largely in chronological order, the film charts Amy Winehouse’s rise to celebrity and subsequent struggles with substance abuse, leading up to her untimely death in 2011 at the age of 27.

Besides suffering from alcohol and drug addiction, the latter abetted by her future husband Blake Fielder-Civil, the multiple Grammy-awards winner had mental health issues which necessitated the use of anti-depressants.

Images of the emaciated Amy with her mountainous hairdo and smudged Cleopatra-style eyeliner will likely reduce even the most hard-headed viewer to tears.

The meticulously researched material is expertly assembled by Kapadia and his gifted collaborators, especially editor Chris King. The outcome evokes a keen sense of empathy for the all-too-brief life of a vulnerable young woman whose musical legacy is the stuff of legend.

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