Mixed Reactions

Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black’ biopic trailer divides the internet

· Updated on January 12, 2024

The first international teaser trailer for the Amy Winehouse biopic is here, but how do fans feel about it?

On Thursday, fans of the late British sensation got a glimpse at the upcoming film Back to Black. Led by Industry’s Marisa Abela as Winehouse, the film plans to shed more light on the soulful singer’s life.

The trailer start off with Abela’s Winehouse stating “I don’t write music to be famous,” Abela says in the trailer. “I write songs because I don’t what I’d do if I didn’t.”

From singing in local clubs to winning the 2008 Grammy for Record of the Year, Winehouse’s life will finally make it to the big screen April. Unfortunately, what will also be portrayed in Back to Black is Winehouse’s struggles with the paparazzi and her tumultuous marriage with Blake Fielder-Civil (Jack O’Connell), teased within the clip.

Additionally, the biopic will more than likely touch on Winehouse’s challenges with addiction. Winehouse died in 2011 at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning.

Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and written by Matt Greenhalgh, the film also stars Lesley Manville, Eddie Marsan, and Juliet Cowan as Amy’s grandmother Cynthia, father Mitch, and mother Janis respectively. The film comes after the release of documentaries Amy (which controversially highlighted her addiction), Amy Winehouse: Back to Black (which followed the creation of her final album of the same name), and Reclaiming Amy (which detailed her bisexuality).

While this film has the blessing of the Winehouse estate, fans aren’t convinced by the trailer. Some think that, although talented, Abela didn’t exude Amy’s mannerisms or accent.

Others were concerned about how Winehouse’s life would play on-screen.

Then there are those who have beef with the director, Taylor-Johnson, which stems from the controversy around her relationship with Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

And then some people just want Winehouse’s memory left alone.

But even with the criticism, there are still fans who can’t wait for the film to drop.

Well, we’ll see how it turns out when Back to Black premieres in theaters on May 10.

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