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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful.
This is not his life, it's just a fond farewell to a friend.
By Will S
I love Elliott Smith. Unfortunately, I don't think this documentary is the documentary he deserves.
The documentary is a chronology of highlights his music rise and career. It had interviews with friends and colleagues who knew him well spliced with various videos and photos of Elliott. But I don't know what this documentary was trying to do. If it was an introduction to Elliott Smith it offered so little of the music he is known for. If it was for the die-hard Elliott Smith fans, it offered little insight beyond what we already knew. It tried to stay positive and did not touch on the darker side of the musician, thus to a non-Smith fan, you would have been surprised at the end of the film of his drug use and suicide. It's a shame, I really wanted to like this documentary, but I didn't learn anything new about the musician, his life, his motivation, his music. My roommate who didn't know who he was had his interest piqued, but did not come away with any thoughts or opinions on his music. This is regrettable since Elliott Smith was a brilliant musician. This documentary fails to have an target audience- new fans won't be introduced to his amazing songs, long-time fans won't come away with anything new.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
For Anyone who Adores Elliott Smith
Nickolas Rossi put together this film, which is as quietly and thrillingly as touching as the music of Elliott Smith, the documentary's late subject. It explores his life, via old interviews with Elliott and fresh, candid interviews with friends and family. It starts with his childhood and progressing one major release album at a time, from Heatmiser's latter works to From a Basement On the Hill, the posthumously released tour de force.
Heaven Adores You also takes us from Portland, where Elliott was a local staple in his early musical years, to New York, and finally Los Angeles, where he died - and it's still undetermined whether or not it was a suicide. It shows the real, non-touristy parts of each city where Elliott based his music of the time, through the lens of Rossi's carefully choreographed shots. The cinematography is real. Throughout, the film is full, of course, of Elliott's music, and the song selections are perfect.
I'm watching Mr. Rossi's career with interest. He'll have a tough time topping a winner of a picture like Heaven Adores You.
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Good film... Focused a bit heavy on his hundred of hip friends basically talking about how he had no friends. Cool to hear some of E-Dogg's childhood recordings. Ummm... and it basically (started and) ended with XO and glossed over his "crazy" period near the end... Nice to not define the guy as a druggie... But the biography's on Elliott do... and I'd be kidding if I didn't say that stuff wasn't more entertaining and more-worthwhile of someone's time than many of the un-eventful encounters in this movie. I watched the film with an newbie and felt like she felt I suckered her into watching a boring ass documentary expecting to hear stories of him going to Mexico to hook himself up to urine filled IV's at the recommendation of Courtney Love... But nope, not here. For a fan with multiple Elliott tattoos (ME!) it was great though. :)