Posted by Devenia Besant on 12 Apr 2024

As a Amy Winehouse music fan, as soon as I heard about the film I knew I’d be booking to see it on its very first day of release.

Having seen and read interviews about the film beforehand I knew the film was to be mainly centred around her on/off relationship with her husband Blake, the man behind the title of her song/album and the film Back to Black. We all know as it was so public that their relationship wasn’t pretty and neither her life in the spotlight and how it ended. The film for me started off a bit cheesy and it was hard to see in the beginning if Marisa Bela (who played her) was going to be able to pull off playing her but she really did.

We know how Amy’s story ended but it was nice the film showed that Amy was a fun character, with a great sense of humour, she really did know (in the early days) who she was and what she was willing and not willing to do musically wise. The film portrays the lovely close relationship she had with her paternal nan, who clearly inspired her and told her how it was, you can tell that losing her to cancer at such a young age in the beginning of her fame was part of her downfall. However she was clearly already troubled suffering with bulimia and abonnement issues with her dad.

As I already mentioned the film was mainly about the story of her toxic and intense relationship with Blake and her spiral into deep dark addiction. Part of me thinks did we really need a film about all the tragedy as it doesn’t feel like that long ago that we watched it all unravel in the press. She really was hounded by the paparazzi in her most vulnerable times.

Whilst it was a good film I can’t help but think it would have been a great time to celebrate more of the music she made, how original she was and it would have been nice to have some focus on her musical partnership with Mark Ronson which ultimately was a massive part of her success.

The tragic tale is always going to be there BUT her talent is going to be known and admired forever!

Local cinemas showing Back to Black include:

ODEON Luxe Epsom
14B – 18 Upper High Street,
KT17 4QJ

Empire Cinemas
St. Nicholas Way,
St. Nicholas Centre,

ODEON Kingston
The Rotunda,
Clarence Street,

Curzon Kingston
4.4 mi·Wood Street,
The Bentall Centre,

Everyman Esher
22 High Street,
KT10 9RT

ODEON Wimbledon
The Broadway,
The Piazza,
SW19 1QB

Curzon Wimbledon
23 The Broadway – Merton,
SW19 1RE

Vue Cinema Croydon – Purley Way
21 Hesterman Way,
Valley Park Leisure Complex,


Dee xx

Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

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