Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry
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Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry is an up-close-and-personal documentary, focusing on star Billie Eilish as she navigates the road to stardom and celebrity at such a young age, with the help of her supportive friends and family. Director R.J. Cutler keeps things feeling raw and undistracted as this lengthy film covers all of the bases.
Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry is the latest music-centric documentary to drop on Apple’s exclusive streaming platform, Apple TV+, featuring music sensation Billie Eilish as she faces the struggles of debuting an album, while traveling on the road and dealing with fame and fortune amongst the digital age.
I’ll be completely honest in admitting that my knowledge of Billie Eilish before watching this film was rather small. I’ve heard a song or two and knew her name, but did not know how popular she was or the fact that she became a star at such a young age, pumping out her first album before most graduate from high school.
Going into the film this unaware made the viewing somewhat rewarding as the “story” became a bit more integral in my understanding of Billie as a person and made the “unfolding” of the doc a bit more exciting and interesting, as most of this information was new to me.
Director R.J. Cutler approaches the film from mostly a “fly on the wall” perspective, showing us equal amounts of footage that feel both raw and polished. The World’s a Little Blurry spends all of its time with Billie and while doing so, gives us a look at her on-stage performances, her creative workflow process and her own personal life, which is mostly playing catchup to her life as a musician, which is very much 95% of her day-to-day.
It’s both fascinating and frightening watching the film unfold and watching Billie constantly get thrown into these situations that fuel her passion and love for music, but also give her mental breakdowns as she simply is one person trying to please millions.
What makes The World’s a Little Blurry somewhat refreshing is how positive and supportive her family is. You hear so many horror stories about family and friends pushing people into fame in hopes of getting a slice of their fortune and sometimes that absolutely destroys a person.
Billie’s mom is shown here as being her number one fan and also sticking up for her creative process and what she is trying to say. You never hear a family member tell her that she’s not doing enough or that she needs to change, instead accepting her for who she is and what she stands for. Her brother might nudge her into a new direction, but it always feels like its coming from a well-intentioned place.
As a “character” in this film, Billie Eilish is quiet and calm, yet wild and full of spunk. She’s not afraid to make music that might not appeal to everyone and she understands the value of unique identity and expressing yourself in the truest of form.
Social media and “going viral” are put on full-display here as Cutler’s film tackles the always-consuming culture that we currently live in and it’s absolutely exhausting.
There’s no such thing as “enough” in this day and age and the amount of pressure and stress it puts on a person is disturbing. But it also comes with the territory — if you want to make the big bucks and be treated like a star, then you’ll absolutely have to work 100 times harder than anyone else in the room and be willing to accept that you can publicly never make a mistake.
Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry is a documentary that clocks in at two hours and twenty minutes, including an intermission that feels like a rarity for a documentary, yet a fitting break as this one is surely for those die-hard fans looking to learn more about their favorite star.
Those not interested in knowing more about the artist or her music will find very little to enjoy as this film is 100% about Billie and her journey and it doesn’t really stop for anyone or anything that isn’t on-board.
I’m generally not one for documentary films and this one hasn’t changed my lack of appeal to the genre, but that isn’t to say that it’s bad or missing something for those that are seeking a documentary on a musical sensation.
I am glad that I gave it a watch and I respect Eilish more having seen the film, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to sign up for an Apple TV+ subscription to watch it.