God Bless Ozzy Osbourne review
Jack Osbourne has provided an engaging and intimate look at his father, rock and roll icon Ozzy Osborne with God Bless Ozzy Osbourne.
Produced by Jack Osbourne and directors Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli the documentary features footage of Osbourne reflecting on his life from his childhood in Aston, Birmingham and throughout his career until now. Interviews with Osbourne’s siblings and footage of him reminiscing as he looks through family photos, visits his childhood home, and recalls his rough teenage year provide viewers with a clear picture of Osbourne’s beginnings.
Interviews with former Black Sabbath band mates Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi and Bill Ward; musicians Tommy Lee, Henry Rollins, Rudy Sarzo, Paul McCartney, John Frusciante and Robert Trujillo, give insight into Osbourne’s career, from his Black Sabbath days, and as he courageously embarked on his solo career.
Live performance footage is interspersed throughout the film along with backstage footage of Osbourne preparing to perform and greeting fans. At one point after a show Osbourne describes performing for the crowd as “divine experience.”
Osbourne’s struggles with drug and alcohol abuse are prominent throughout the film. The devastating effects of his addictions took a heartbreaking toll on his family, which is highlighted in interviews with his wife Sharon and five children. The film shows his triumphant sobriety, renewed relationships with his family, and drive to keep creating and performing for his fans outshine the antics of his past.
God Bless Ozzy Osbourne is an enlightening and touching film that truly shows that Ozzy is much more than his “madman” persona.
Jack Osbourne states in an interview after the film credits, that he wanted to show that his dad is more than Ozzy Osbourne the rock star, but also the man, father, and husband who is John Michael Osbourne. He has succeeded.
The small but enthusiastic crowd at Regal Cinema 18 in Hazelwood cheered at various points throughout and applauded the final scene. Eve if you have never been an Ozzy fan in the past it is well worth your time to see this. This documentary very clearly shows why John Michael Osbourne became Ozzy Osbourne the iconic rock star.
At one point during the film, Osbourne says that he is “a very fortunate man to still be here talking to you about my life.” I hope more will check out God Bless Ozzy Osbourne when it is released on DVD November 15.