These were the words of a young, open minded London girl who simply adored music, her passion for it seamlessly coming through her extraordinarily powerful vocals, but with no desire to become a famous household name and reach mega celebrity status; irony then, comes into huge play when, at the age of 19, she finds herself being catapulted from ordinary person to A-List star in the music industry, much against her very own will it seems.
The saddest part of her story was no matter how many times she reiterated the point of not wanting to be a star or a big celebrity in the public’s eye, it seems as though the industry had continuously ignored this, instead not giving up on pushing her and giving a slight nudge to point her in the direction of total super stardom, possessing the full knowledge of her incredible talent, one to be seriously reckoned with. Even her father kept pressurising her by ensuring she gets the gigs and the touring dates, putting her fame before her health first. As she began to drink heavily either day or night, that’s when her life, from both a personal and professional angle, started to break away at the seams; pushing away her closest friends that she held near and dear to her. The alcohol addiction which soon led to far worse addictions with heroin and crack cocaine, could have quite easily been avoided if she had the proper help and guidance early on. At her father’s request, he persuaded her not to go to rehabilitation due to her excessive drinking, which, of course, coincidentally inspired her to release one of her record breaking singles of all time – ‘Rehab’.
I think, with the right help, guidance and counselling in her life, she may very well have still been alive today and become an even bigger phenomenal success, rather than sadly having her life come to an end too soon while she only started coming into her prime.
As the end credits rolled in, I was left sat in my seat staring at the screen, completely speechless. I love watching documentaries as much as the next self confessed film lover, but never have I been more excited and interested to see a documentary biopic as I have with this one. The fact that its only been four years since she passed away has still deeply affected the hearts of millions of fans, still making it hard to get over considering the amazing contributions as an artist she made to today’s music industry. Heart breaking and totally devastating, this is an important documentary that will show Amy Winehouse in a truly honest and upfront way, there’s no denying the incredible inspiration she made with her own unique take in jazz music. By the time it finishes, if you don’t feel any feelings of sorrow that would most definitely draw a close tear to your eye, then you most definitely are not human.