Whitney Can I Be Me Reviewed By Clayton Barnett

The Premise
By the time Whitney Elizabeth Houston was 15, she was singing background vocals for Chaka Khan, Lou Rawls, and Jermaine Jackson. In 1983 Whitney signed a worldwide recording contract with Clive Davis's Arista Records. However, her success came with its fair share of drug use, love affairs, and scandals.

The Review
There are some amazing music documentaries about talented and tragic artists, and Whitney, Can I Be Me is on par with the best of them. Like the Oscar-winning Amy Winehouse documentary Amy, the opening night film utilises stunning home movie and archival footage to shed light on Whitney’s downfall. It’ll make you mad and sad at how this breathtaking vocalist lost her way, and make her powerful hits that play throughout all the more poignant.

With the recent death of Chris Cornell, it has never been more poignant a moment to evaluate what has led to the premature demise of our icons. With huge fame comes immense highs and lows and this was a rollercoaster that saw Houston hit dizzying heights (and some with pharmaceutical help) and then come crashing down into the death valleys of despair.

While so often in his previous outings Nick Broomfield tends to sit in the middle of the action and end up as a feature component, here he hides away and lets the story take the centre stage spotlight.

The Verdict
A must-see for all music lovers who long to know what goes on behind the scenes.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 25th May 2017
Rating: TBC
Duration: 105 minutes 
Genre:  Documentary
Starring: Whitney Houston
Director: Nick Broomfield, Rudi Dolezal

The Extras