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‘Back to Black’ Review – A powerful Amy Winehouse biopic with the struggle, loss and addiction

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‘Back to ******’ Review – A powerful Amy Winehouse biopic with the struggle, loss and addiction

The film delves into the life and career of Amy Winehouse, beginning with her early days in the early 2000’s as a North London jazz musician and culminating in her rise to fame as a Grammy-winning singer with songs like “Rehab” and “Back to ******”.

Sam Taylor-Johnson has tackled addiction before in her films, another film was A Million Little Pieces in 2019, a film adaptation of James Frey’s notorious non-factual memoir of his battle with ***** addiction. Taylor-Johnson however made Back to ****** a poignant, affectionate, and deeply moving portrayal of the life of Amy Winehouse, the shining talent in the soul scene of London who succumbed to alcohol overdose at the young age of 27 in 2011.

This film, written by Matt Greenhalgh, carries unpretentiousness and even a somewhat down-to-earth perspective and tribute. However, it is captivatingly brought to life by a heartfelt and genuinely charming performance from Marisa Abela as Amy – even though it arguably smoothens out some of the harsh realities.

Marisa Abela’s performance was amazing, her voice is recognizably similar to that of Amy, plus her demeanor of speaking in interviews without a filter. In a scene set at 2008’s Glastonbury Festival, she gets down off the stage to totter close to the audience on high heels, almost daring the security guards to let her fall, her overall performance with many of Amy’s publicized outbursts, and drama she went through Marisa captured very well.

The script draws to many of Amy’s reasoning and its inspiration from her lyrics in Back To ******, and ****** Fielder-Civil was the subject of this second and final album. But while the songs act as a musical-like narrative of her life, no time is devoted to showing us how she made them, but I guess at the end of the day the film is meant to showcase the ordeal of addiction, and its never-ending cycle of damage.

Amy was a simple person, yet complex and this film shows some of the reasons of what and how Amy spiraled into her addiction, from being too close to the pub scene, in terms of her performances, close to ******** as well as losing her grandmother who the film showed, had a tremendous impact on her not only in terms of her overall fashion, elegance but in terms of being there for Amy when she needed her most.

The film may tell us many things we already may know, but it does a great job doing so from Amy’s perspective, the addiction to her love for Blake, alcohol, and music. A tragic ending to one of the most promising musicians of our time.

Back to ****** is out in cinemas on 12 April.

Back To ****** is Rated 16 D L N P S

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson

Cast: Marisa Abela, Jack O’Connell, Eddie Marsan, Lesley Manville

Rating: 16 D L N P S

Genres: Biopic, Drama

Screenplay: Matt Greenhalgh

Distributor(s): Universal Pictures

Music: Nick *****, Warren Ellis

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