This is a good documentary about musician Elliot Smith- it provides a peak behind the songwriters onstage persona.
"There's nothing wrong that wasn't wrong before."
Although he wasn't a native Portlander (he was born in Omaha), Elliott Smith is inextricably linked with the city and is very likely the most beloved musician to ever live here. When he moved, first to NYC and then to L.A., he left a gap that remains unfilled. This gap only widened when he died in 2003 at the age of 34, an apparent suicide. While Kurt Cobain will always be called the voice of our generation, Smith's music meant a lot more to me and his death was far more devastating. Nickolas Rossi's film offers a nuanced, thoughtful, and moving look at his life and music that, while not shying away from the darkness, also celebrates his considerable talent. The music is, of course, great, but there's some terrific archival footage and tributes from friends and fellow musicians like Pete Krebs, Sean Croghan, Jon Brion, and Joanna Bolme. There are a lot of nice shots of Portland. A must for the Smith fan and, really, we all should be fans.
This is such a wonderful film in so many ways, and a really respectful tribute to such a talented artist. Heaven Adores You focuses more on the incredible music of Elliott Smith, with some fun treasures in that regard. The many interviews with those who were close to Elliott Smith also give great insight to a man who was not as morose as the media made him out to be, but someone who had a great sense of humor. And the cinematography is captivating; showing very artistically the places Elliott Smith lived in his all too short life. Highly recommended for not just Elliott Smith fans but all who love music.
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