Movie Review – God Bless Ozzy Osbourne

  I just got back from seeing the new documentary God Bless Ozzy Osbourne in Fairfax, and I was not disappointed.

The film, produced by Ozzy’s son Jack Osbourne, was a pretty honest look at Ozzy’s life, and, according to Jack, tells more about John Osbourne than Ozzy Osbourne.

The film is intercut between the present day Ozzy, with family and on tour, and then telling about his past with Black Sabbath and branching out on his own.

One of the most telling parts of the film is when they talk about their time on MTV’s show The Osbournes. They said what hurt the family the most is that Ozzy was pretty much at an all-time low with drugs and alcohol, and through the wonders of the editing room, kept only the footage that was goofy or funny, with Ozzy mumbling and stumbling around in a haze. Watching the current interviews you really can see the difference between “The Osbournes” Ozzy and “clean and sober Ozzy”.

Heartfelt and honest, the film covered the good, the bad and the ugly of Ozzy’s life and career, with Ozzy at times being his own worst critic. One part especially touching is when the family talks about Ozzy ‘s inspiration and motivation to get sober was his own son getting sober.

The film also interviews many of his bandmates from both Black Sabbath and his solo band, and other musical noteworthies that were either a first-hand witness to the insanity (Tommy Lee had the whole theater rolling) or were deeply influenced by Ozzy. The interviews didn’t hold back, and this was definitely not made to prop Oz up on a pedestal, but more to show the hows and whys of his personal downward spiral.

Another in a line of recent rock documentaries that are just getting better and better, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne is definitely worth a watch for any Ozzy or metal fan.

*God Bless Ozzy Osbourne comes out on dvd & Blu-Ray on November 15th. Pre-order it here.


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