Back to Black Review

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

Genre: Biography, Drama, Music

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson

In Cinemas: 12th April 2024


In “Back to Black,” director Sam Taylor-Johnson delivers an emotionally resonant biopic that focuses more on the romance and creativity of Amy Winehouse’s life rather than delving into her demons or assigning blame. Marisa Abela’s extraordinary lead performance as Amy Winehouse infuses the film with warmth and urgency, capturing the essence of the brilliant yet troubled soul singer. Abela skillfully portrays Winehouse’s tender moments, showcasing her vulnerability and youth amidst the tumultuous backdrop of fame and addiction. Jack O’Connell shines as Winehouse’s husband and enabler, Blake Fielder-Civil, bringing a cool charisma to the role while humanizing a character often vilified in the media.

Their on-screen chemistry is palpable, particularly in the early stages of their relationship depicted in the buzzing atmosphere of Camden Town’s The Good Mixer pub. Yet, as the film progresses, it becomes evident that their love story is fraught with sadness and inevitability, adding depth to Winehouse’s tragic narrative. While “Back to Black” may not match the depth and insight of Asif Kapadia’s documentary “Amy,” it offers a different perspective by exploring the role of romance in Winehouse’s life and its impact on her artistry.








Taylor-Johnson’s film also portrays Winehouse’s father, Mitch, in a more sympathetic light, thanks to Eddie Marsan’s portrayal of the bullish yet endearing character. Marsan injects humor and charm into the role, highlighting Mitch’s complexities and his efforts to support his daughter amidst her struggles. Overall, “Back to Black” is a gentle and forgiving portrayal of Amy Winehouse’s life, emphasizing her tender moments and youthful spirit amidst the backdrop of fame and addiction. While there are undoubtedly darker aspects to her story, the film chooses to focus on her humanity and creativity, making it a poignant tribute to the iconic singer.

Overall: 8/10

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