Vincent Schilling
Indian Country Today

“Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” follows the life and career so far of the multi-Grammy-winning musician followed and appreciated by millions all over the world.

I was fortunate to review the film before its release date of February 26 on Apple TV+, so here is my review. In a nutshell, it is one of the best music documentaries I have ever seen. It is innocently honest, emotionally raw, and real as well as completely inspiring. What a wonderful young artist.

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Film score: "A perfect 10 out of 10"

My quick quote: “Billie Eilish is much more than a young artist, she is a voice of today’s youth, as shown in this beautiful and emotionally raw and real film about a girl who might wonder if she is worthy”

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Synopsis: “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” tells the true coming-of-age story of the singer-songwriter and her rise to global superstardom. From award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler, the documentary offers a deeply intimate look at this extraordinary teenager’s journey, at just 17 years old, navigating life on the road, on stage, and at home with her family, while writing, recording and releasing her debut album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?”

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My review

“Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” is a beautiful film for so many reasons. As a self-proclaimed film enthusiast, one of the ways I judge a film is the extent to which I become emotionally invested. I am a crier with regard to movies, and in a room full of people, I would likely be the first person to grab a handkerchief. In “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” my eyes were hardly dry.

The movie starts out in her bedroom, where she is working with her brother on recording songs. The laughter between them is heartwarming, and I became invested instantly.

She lives with her family, a mom, a dad, her brother, a cute dog, and an occasional tarantula. Eilish’s family is supportive of her and wants to do what’s best for her. But like any family, there are stumbles.

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Eilish is an artist that struggles with a deep emotional connection to the world as well as connections to the dark side of her own personal nature. She struggles with self-care, she struggles with a boyfriend who seems constantly unavailable, she struggles with her own sense of whether or not she is worthy, if she is deserving if she deserves a spot.

What is the ultimate result? Beautifully done music worthy of multiple Grammy awards and the acknowledgment of millions of fans across the world.

But there is something so much more profound in the world of this young artist than music. She reaches our youth today in ways older folks likely can’t understand.

As a 53-year-old journalist, and film reviewer, I am a man that has been around the block a few times in terms of self-realization. I am comfortable with who I am. I cannot imagine having to traverse the world at 16 years of age in the year 2021.

I am not subjected to harsh bullying on social media, and if I am I wouldn’t let it define me, I am able to keep my head above water in the world of politics, racism, and more.

But Eilish reaches her peers in a way that transcends my ability to grasp. As Eilish was in a van waving to people cheering for her, a young girl ran forward to say Ellish’s music had saved her life. I could tell this was the case in the young faces in the crowd who all had tears running down their faces.

When I was 16, I didn’t listen to any artists that did that for me. Music was wonderful in my teen years, but the connection Eilish has with those that listen to her are much deeper. It was incredible to watch in this film and I am so appreciative to the filmmaker R.J. Cutler for sharing this message so well.

For all of her fame, Eilish is still a young person struggling to exist in a tough world, and she strives to carry the message to others her age (and beyond) that they do belong, and yes, there are monsters under the bed, and we all have to live with it, but you can get through it.

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The cinematography was immaculate, the soundtrack, considering it included countless tracks from Eilish’s debut and Grammy-winning album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”

“Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” is a beautiful journey. Following the musical tour of Eilish in such places a Milan, New York, Paris, and Australia. One beautiful moment included Indigenous Maori people singing to Eilish who then greet her in the traditional gentle touching of forehead to forehead.

One of the most uplifting and inspiring things about the film is that it demonstrates how Billie and her brother were able to record a multi-Grammy-winning album in her bedroom and master it in the living room.

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The film shows that no matter your situation, anything is possible.

Releasing on Apple TV+ on February 26, 2021

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Vincent Schilling, Akwesasne Mohawk, is associate editor of Indian Country Today who enjoys creating media, technology, computers, comics, and movies. He is a film critic and writes the #NativeNerd column. Twitter @VinceSchilling. Email: vschilling@indiancountrytoday.com he is also the opinions’ editor, opinion@indincountrytoday.com.

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