Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 May 2017)
Brief Synopsis – Biography of singer and songwriter Billy Joel who has been entertaining the world for nearly 50 years.
My Take on it – As a HUGE fan of anything Billy Joel, I was quite excited to find this film because as much as I thought I knew about his life and career, they were able to expand the scope to such a point where I was learning so many new things about who he really is and what transpired during his life.
They are able to detail the many ups and downs in his life and it is quite inspiring to see the roller coaster ride he went through because despite having many lows, he was able to pick himself up and reach the highs again and again.
The interviews with his friends, family and colleagues (and of course Joel himself)enables us to gain even more interest in the story because we can continuously learn new and intriguing facts about who he is.
Billy Joel is perhaps the only artist for whom I (at least at some point) knew all of the lyrics to almost every one of his songs.
If a song of his comes on the radio, I have a lot of trouble not singing along despite not being as vocally proficient as Joel himself.
As much as I love his songs tho, I’m glad they kept the music to a minimum here and devoted almost all of the run time to his life.
Bottom Line – Does a great job detailing the ups and downs of Joel’s life where he would soar high to the top followed by hitting bottom, yet managed to once again bring himself back up to the top. Interviews with his friends, family and colleagues (not to mention Joel himself) helps raise the level of interest of this story because there is so much to learn from his life. As much as I love his songs, I was quite happy that they kept the music to the minimum and did their best to tell us the entire story behind the headlines. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Joel had Top 40 hits in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, achieving 33 Top 40 hits in the US, all of which he wrote himself. He is also a six-time Grammy Award winner who has been nominated for 23 Grammy Awards. He has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. (From Wikipedia)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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