Owning the world at seventeen is an insane notion. In Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry written and directed by R.J. Cutler we get a two-hour and twenty minute documentary that gives a candid look at the life of Billie Eilish. If you have a computer, laptop, or a smart device you can google all her achievements like winning a Grammy in all four major categories. That isn’t the focus here. Instead, we learn about Billie as a person and it’s showcased incredibly well.
Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to be famous? The glitz, the glamour, the fame and of course, the money. But none of that is showcased here. We see Billie recording songs in her bedroom with her brother, Finneas O’Connell, Billie getting her driver license and being surprised with her dream car.
That’s the stuff that’s important. The smaller details of watching a teenager who is a huge musical star grow into one of the 21st century’s biggest artists but while still remembering that’s she’s a normal human being with flaws. We get to see her not want to interact with people after a show or just want a break from it all sometimes. It’s highlighted and put on display very well in Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry.
We get to learn a number of cool things in the film like she has a song book diary with an interior that looks like something out of a horror film with all kinds of fairies, penis drawing and monsters. She also has an undying love for Justin Beiber. Halfway through the film she gets to meet him and it’s definitely a surreal moment for her.
It’s also interesting to also see how hard she can be on herself in terms of not liking song lyrics she records and her concern if people on the internet will like it. There’s even a show where she gets hurt and wants to cancel a show. Her reason to cancel is not because she injured her ankle; it’s because she feels she can’t deliver her best to her fans. She does sing throughout the doc quite a lot and we get to see moments on stage and off of her performing some of her biggest hits to date.
Overall, Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry is triumphant. It gives an intriguing perspective on the gift/curse of being a famous pop star. It’s honest, it’s raw and you’ll want to check it out. You’ll be inspired, feel sad, happy and clap by the end credits. It’s available to watch now on Apple TV Plus.
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