FILM OF THE WEEK: Whitney
Although on the ghoulish side, the look inside the life and times of one of the world’s most successful artists is hard not to pass up. Whitney steers clear of the biopic genre, that’s seen Freddie Mercury brought back to life in Bohemian Rhapsody, in favour of a gritty documentary charting the rise and fall of Whitney Houston.
The controversial film talks to the friends and family that were close to the star before her untimely death in 2012 at just 48 years old. At times inspiring and others despairing, Whitney goes behind the scenes to try to work out what made her tick, whilst also delving deep into a darker side that depicts a woman in turmoil.
Was it the music industry itself that consumed the singer and plunged her into torturous circumstances? Or was it those around her – the same people that should’ve been keeping Whitney safe –that were responsible for her ultimate demise? Whitney aims to answer this.
What’s fascinating is the behind-the-scenes footage. Especially when the songstress is speaking candidly about her life and the other acts she was competing for stardom with at the time. An example? When talking about Paula Abdul, Whitney remarks “That girl is singing off-key, on-the-record.” which definitely raises a smile.
But like so many of its type, Whitney is movie that takes you on an emotional roller coaster from start to finish. It may be macabre viewing, but it’s dealt with in the best possible way.
In cinemas December 6
Saving All My Love For You
The first of many number ones for Miss Houston was this silky ballad from her self-titled debut album. It still stands the test of time today, too.
How Will I Know
Originally intended for Janet Jackson (she didn’t fancy it), the jaunty pop song propelled Whitney to her second number one within twelve months.
Dance with Somebody
If there’s a more perfect pop song than this infectious number, then we’re yet to hear it. Whitney even bagged a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Performance, too.
I'm Your Baby Tonight
Houston kicked off the 90s with one of her biggest hits. Though it was, unfairly, compared to Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” by critics, the fans loved it.
I Will Always Love You
How could we create a greatest hits list and not include this? We couldn’t. The title track from The Bodyguard movie went to number one in a billion countries.
What else is in the cinemas over the next week
Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) decide to adopt a child, but are surprised when they end up with three siblings, including a moody teenager.
When a women inherits her late aunt’s house and moves in with her daughters, their lives are turned upside down when a gang of murderers break-in. Grim stuff.
Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet star as father and son in a tale about the strained relationship of coping with someone with addictions.
Steampunk is very much on the agenda as entire cities have been mounted on wheels and are free to roam the lands as they please. Expect gang violence aplenty.