WHIT­NEY: CAN I BE ME ★★★★

Di­rected by Nick Broom­field and Rudi Dolezal. Fea­tur­ing Whit­ney Hous­ton, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Bobby Brown

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM -

A cau­tious but rig­or­ous ex­am­i­na­tion of the pres­sures that led to the death of Whit­ney Hous­ton: the $100 mil­lion law­suit her fa­ther took against her from his deathbed; the drug ad­dic­tion; the code­pen­dency that she and Bonny Brown slid into. The sub­se­quent death of her daugh­ter Bobbi Kristina adds an aw­ful coda. Car-crash gaw­pers may quib­ble that Broom­field has (re­spect­fully) avoided footage of the fi­nal years, but this re­mains a qui­etly dev­as­tat­ing por­trait of a mag­nif­i­cently loud tal­ent. 12A cert, lim re­lease, 105 min

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