The first time I ever heard about Billie Eilish was when I saw her win an unprecedented amount of awards during the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. 18-year-old Eilish, who swept all four major categories — Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the Year — along with honors for Best Pop Vocal Album. Who was this doll and where did she come from?
RJ Cutler’s Billie Eilish – The World’s A Little Blurry answers all those questions and more. Inspired by the success of a young Justin Bieber (who was discovered by Usher on You Tube) and having to pivot due to a dance injury, this young lady proved that sometimes when you pivot – it can be a life altering decision. With the support and love of her family, friends and industry insiders, the audience witnesses her rise to fame from singing in her brother’s bedroom to playing Coachella to meeting her idol to struggling with the rollercoaster that instant fame can inject.
That moment where her Mom breaks down and shares how she can’t even fathom how kids wanting this type of life are able to do this without familial support to then she contemplates putting a tracking device on Billie’s car all out of love and concern to keep her safe touched me to my core.
This doc is an amalgamation of moments that resonate to the core, a kill director RJ Cutler is a master at as seen in another doc of his released earlier this year (Dear… on Apple TV Plus). Fly on the wall moments witnessing her deeply intense artistry, vision and songwriting skills that culminate in the music video where black tears stream down her face. Connecting with her fans, who she sees on her level and not beneath her. the struggle of trying to navigate a relationship in the midst of the madness, while struggling to stay focused as a creative vessel – who is also still a teenage girl. A teenage girl who sometimes doesn’t want to hear her name yelled, get shoved into pictures with random people or not being able to say, “…you know what I just don’t feel like this right now.”
Yes, to a multi-award winning teenage musical artist who still records and writes her projects in a bedroom with her brother the world can be a little blurry. What isn’t blurry is the raw talent, huge heart and maturity level at which she weaves and bobs through her personal and professional life. It’s an unapologetic eye-opening peep into the looking glass of a superstar. Her next chapter, I’m sure will prove to be just as crazy and unpredictable as she is…I for one can’t wait to see what’s on the other side.