God Bless Ozzy Osbourne (2011)
God Bless Ozzy Osbourne (2011)
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Critic Reviews for God Bless Ozzy Osbourne
[A] rather affectionate and candid portrait of a singer/TV personality whose continuing respiration is regarded as a marvel of human achievement.
A funny, candid and emotionally affecting portrait of one of heavy metal rock's most unpredictable legends.
Produced by Jack, Ozzy's son, the project has a poignancy that it doesn't have as a movie experience.
The result of two long years spent with the heavy metal godfather, this compelling and well-constructed documentary lures the real Ozzy out of his cartoon shell.
Full of irony and pathos, this doco takes us inside the life of a man who had to almost destroy himself before he found a way to salvage his self esteem. It should be mandatory viewing for all wanna be rock stars
Audience Reviews for God Bless Ozzy Osbourne
I'm sure that out there somewhere there is a rock documentary that strays from the formula - but God Bless Ozzie is not that film - not that it doesn't manage to entertain and inform (which is, I would suppose, the goal of the enterprise). The formula, in case you are new to this 3rd planet in our solar system, is to show the person/band now, and then rewind back to childhood and then to the glory days that make us want to find out about the person/band in the first place. One of the failings in this film is that it shows the childhood pics by having Ozzie flip through them all and comment - a questionable tactic as his train of thought is still a bit scattered after 40 years of substance abuse. There are no real insights here - those come later, and mostly from his 2nd wife Sharon, who reveals that Oz has always had deep seated insecurities. Where the film shines is in showing that very bright light that was early Black Sabbath - as the many testimonials attest, Sabbath pretty much invented heavy metal - and musical luminaries such as Sir Paul noted that they were original, and looking back, quite talented and excellent song writers. The film then slogs through the post Sabbath, Randy Rhodes years as Oz self destructs - it is to the film's credit (or perhaps simply watching the act of redemption) that the slow catharsis and healing of OZ has some poignancy. At the end, when he speaks of finally accepting and coming to terms with himself, it rings true and resonates (something as simple as when, at age 60, he finally gets a drivers license - something most would take for granted - but here it signifies a return to the real world - and Ozzie has come full circle to embody that 3rd Sabbath album title "Masters of Reality").
Sheds a lot of light on a musician that I think is too often recognized for his unique character than his music. Great watch for lovers of ROCK-DOCs.
Half of it will not be at ALL new to anyone who has seen Ozzy's Behind the Music - and this is over ten years ago - but it DOES feature a whole lot of time dedicated to his life during the taping of The Osbournes, which we find out was actually a very painful time for the Ozzy family, and how he finally went on the road to recovery after being an addict for decades. It's actually an inspiring if bittersweet document of a man who went through hell due to his crippling insecurities, but came out now as a man in his 60's just happy to be alive and have a family that loves him. Oh, and he makes the baddest-ass rock and roll to this day (even if his voice isn't quite as good as it once was).
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