‘Amy’, a tribute to a great artist

Written by Cecilia Juarez, Staff Writer

It’s her words, her music, her voice-mails, her home videos, her friends, her family, her tormentors, and her timeless incandescence.

“Amy”, directed by Asif Kapadia, documents the life of the late singer and song-writer Amy Winehouse from her early years as a teenager, to her early years in her career as an artist.

This film was released on July 3, however only select theaters showed the film and was mostly seen in the United Kingdom.

Kapadia captures Amy’s story in her own words featuring scenes that have not been seen by anyone, and unheard tracks which capture the culture we live in today.

Scenes from the movie will capture one’s heart as you see the transformation of Winehouse from the early to last years of her career as she struggled from heartbreaks, drug/alcohol abuse, and eating disorder.

The jazz musician poured her heart and soul into her music and took her time with it, as Winehouse did not just want to make music for her fans but also made music she could be proud of knowing it came straight from the heart.

As you listen to the unheard tracks by Winehouse, you can feel her pain and emotions running through her music; personal things she was going through through during her early career.

“Amy” is also narrated by her manager Nick Shymansky throughout most of the film.

All of the voices in the movie come from close personal friends of the singer and those who also had the privilege of working with her such as Questlove and Mos Def.

Winehouse never saw herself writing music but from an early age she wrote poems that would later transition into personal songs that she would write and record.

Shymansky was hard on Winehouse’s father for pushing her to work when she had reached her limit and even harder on Winehouse’s ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil for introducing her to crack cocaine, heroine, and cocaine.

Throughout her life Winehouse was not about the drugs, alcohol and everything else the media would assume.

The documentary gives you a different perspective on the artist and depicts another side of Winehouse that no one ever knew.

Her friends were harsh on her because of her out of control drug abuse she was having with heroine and all of her friends took a step back so that Winehouse could see what the drugs were doing to her, yet she did not pay much attention to it.

The last section of the movie shows Amy wasted by alcohol, drugs and an eating disorder; displaying a bad horror show.

A month before she died, she went on stage drunk and never sang a note, displaying just how much Winehouse was becoming a different human being going through troubles with drug and alcohol abuse.

Mos Def later defined this moment by saying, “This is someone who is trying to disappear.”

Days before Winehouse left this world, she was trying to get her life straightened out for Shymansky’s wedding and was happy to see everyone again.

A day before her death, Amy apologized to her friends for her behavior, making them aware she was not doing drugs or drinking and that they were going to see each other the next day.

That day never came as Winehouse passed away on July 23, 2011 of alcohol intoxication.

The documentary is meant for the audience to remember and celebrate Amy’s music as she disappeared with a blink of an eye.

It captures Winehouse’s story very well making it seem as if you know her life story personally or Amy herself very well.

It’s her words, her music, her voice-mails, her home videos, her friends, her family, her tormentors, and her timeless incandescence.

Look, listen and weep.