Movie Review: God Bless Ozzy Osbourne (Documentary)

Details from IMDB:

94 min  -  Documentary | Biography | Music   -  16 September 2011 (Ireland)

Ratings: 7.4/10 from 117 users
Reviews: 1 user | 7 critic

Ozzy Osbourne’s four decade track record as a culturally relevant artist is unprecedented, but his personal struggles have been shrouded in secrecy…

Initial Thoughts:

So I’m not a fan of his music but I’ll admit to having watched The Osbournes reality show, it did have some funny moments.  I did want to know the truth about Ozzy and this film certainly provides it.

Main Points:

This film pulls no punches, while Ozzy did have a lot of hardship and sadness in his life it shows how he was a hopeless alcoholic/drug addict and generally an asshole for 40 years but I’m getting ahead of myself.

This film shows how Ozzy is now, sober for the first time in many years, and then shows how he had been for most of his life. It is sad to see how the death of his father affected him (not to mention getting divorced and several other things) but I couldn’t help but think that he was a terribly neglectful father and basically a rotten person.

Despite the huge character flaws his story is an interesting one and I was interested throughout this film. It is incredible that Ozzy is still alive! The stories and the amount of drugs he has taken are hard to even comprehend. Ozzy himself says he should have died “thousands of times” but somehow he didn’t.

SPOILER ALERT!

Well he’s alive so there’s not much to spoil Smile. Ozzy certainly has had a huge impact on music and people argue that Black Sabbath invented heavy metal. I liked seeing how Ozzy was a huge fan of the Beatles (who isn’t? Winking smile) and Paul McCartney appears in the film to talk about Ozzy’s impact on music (though he never says whether he likes Ozzy’s or not.)

The parts where Ozzy talks about biting the heads off of a dove and a bat are incredible, I certainly appreciate his honesty if not his actions. He does genuinely realize the harm he has done and it is nice to see him finally sober and leading a better life.

Final Thoughts:

I think the people to be really credited here are Ozzy’s family. Sharon in particular is an incredible person. Ozzy literally tried to kill her one night and she has amazingly stayed with him all these years. His children clearly show their resentment for his constant drinking and lack of parenting but they all seem to forgive him and want to be a part of his life now that he is sober.

I hope Ozzy stays sober, he has a lot to make up for. Perhaps if I was a bigger fan of his music I would have enjoyed this more (or if he wasn’t such a jerk for so long) but I still recommend this to any Ozzy fan or anyone who wants to learn about his life. 7/10 from me Vampire bat.

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