An in-depth look at the life and music of Whitney Houston.
User Reviews: The stage curtains open …
I remember one time, I was about 18 years old, still living at home – my family and I were watching a live performance on television of a new sensation singing "The Greatest Love Of All". I was blown away – me … a kid who primarily listened to rock and metal music, was completely enamored with the magic of what was Whitney Houston. My Dad made the comment that he didn’t like her. My Mom agreed. They thought she sang too loud and they didn’t like singers with vocals that could blow you out of the room. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. My brother wasn’t really paying attention, and my sister was too young to appreciate it. I never understood how my parents weren’t able to recognize what was the best voice of my generation. Perhaps of all-time. But, I saw it. Me – a rocker, a headbanger. I saw Whitney for what she was. I felt like I was the only one in the whole world that night, that she was singing only to me. I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. That is the effect Whitney Houston had on me. The day she died, I cried.
This documentary was very well made. It was insightful, deep and told with compassion by those who knew her best and loved her the most. Taking us on her life’s journey from the influence of her mother, aunt and other family members – from singing gospel in church and signing a record deal with Arista. Her success and fame, the accolades she received – then through the troubled times, her rocky marriage, drug abuse and finally her tragic death. I re-lived my own youth when I saw her early performances. She reached my heart yet again, although this time it was much more somber and sad.
I deeply appreciated this film and will watch it again. It captures the essence of Whitney, of who she really was – and the Whitney I always envisioned as a young man growing up. She was beautiful then, she still is now … she always will be. One of our greatest losses.