The Best Films of 2015
The moving documentary that delves deep into the late, great Amy Winehouse, and her life onstage and off.
Knowing how Amy Winehouse's life ends doesn't prepare you for this searing documentary. Beginning with footage of the extraordinarily talented singer-musician-composer as a young teenager and ending with her untimely death at age 27, "Amy" delves deep into Winehouse's psyche and reveals much of the angst that led her to the self-destructive behavior that eventually killed her. A bulimic since the age of 14, in the course of the film we see Winehouse go from slim to skeletal, as her growing fame begins to affect her on a deep emotional level. She tries hard drugs at the encouragement of Blake Fielder, her on-again, off-again lover and eventual husband, thus beginning the downward spiral that played out for all the world to see. It's a sad life and a sorrowful story to watch unfold, yet the music she created shines through, with plenty of never-before-seen footage of her both in the studio and on the stage performing. Those moments alone make this the not-to-miss documentary of 2015.