Reviewed bycalvinnmeVote: 9/10/10
When Carrie Fisher passed away unexpectedly late last year, at thattime knowing nothing about the health of her mother, Debbie Reynolds,only her age - 84 - I thought to myself, this kind of a shock could doa person in at that age. And the next day it did.
This documentary shows these two as much more than just mother anddaughter, but fast friends. It is a great tribute to both ladies. Ittalks a little bit about Debbie's past problems - being abandoned byher husband with two small children, then marrying a guy she thoughtwould bring her family some stability and security, but it didn't - hein fact bankrupted them with his compulsive gambling. And she faced allof this with dignity and was a fighter.
Debbie doesn't do that much talking for or about herself. In factthrough most of the documentary it is mentioned how she is feeling justawful, but you'd never guess it. She is always dressed to the nines andsmiling - something Carrie said she learned as a recruit in the oldstudio system at MGM. And then, feeling awful, Debbie books a Las Vegasshow and brings her children into the act because she simply can't dothe whole show. She just couldn't retire outright because she lovedentertaining and loved the audiences.
Carrie does most of the talking. Like mom, she is a fighter, and alsohas quite a sense of humor. She fought her way back from a childhood inwhich she was abandoned by her dad, Eddie Fisher, in every waypossible. It's like he just left them behind like they were part of apast life - until Carrie had some success and he came back asking formoney. She fought her way back from drug addiction and her failedmarriage to Paul Simon, who was much older than she, and during thedocumentary she is quite open about her battle with her weight as shetries to get the pounds off with the help of a trainer in preparationfor the Star Wars film, "Episode 7". The trainer keeps trying to takeher sodas away from her - which she keeps replenishing.
Carrie has a visit from old childhood chum Griffin Dunne, and theyeasily talk about their youth. After all of the awful stuff you havejust learned about her dad, Eddie Fisher, and his parental negligence,Carrie goes to visit him, and he does look like death warmed over atthis point, and Carrie tells him that she loves him and she seems toreally mean it. It is revealed during the documentary that Eddie Fisherwas a drug addict too, and I think having that common experience withher dad has made it easier for her to forgive him. What a classy lady.Eddie Fisher passed away in 2010, so obviously this part of thedocumentary was shot much earlier.
Todd, Carrie's younger brother, is in the documentary too, but hedoesn't have much to say.
The documentary is not in "this is your life" style. It is more justfollowing Debbie and Carrie around and showing the deep relationshipand love they had for one another. Dance on in the afterlife classyladies, you'll both be terribly missed. I miss you already.
Obviously, highly recommended.
Reviewed bykz917-1Vote: 9/10
The HBO documentary Bright Lights about the relationship of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher came out after both women passed away. The film also touches on Reynolds relationship with her son Todd Fisher and briefly mentions Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lord.
The documentary captures several intimate moments between mother and daughter and several zany comedic moments as well. These two ladies will be greatly missed and this was a lovely portrait of them both.
Reviewed bywestsideschlVote: 9/10
Even if you're not old enough to have known/seen Reynolds & or Fisher in film or media this story is honestly fascinating & instructive in so many ways. (a.) Aging gets to us all and there are ways to keep your wit and honesty about it all alive & kicking. (b.) Fanaticism (whether in sport, music, film, politics (think Trump - gawd)) has it's strange negatives, but also has some positives. (c.) Wealth isolates from reality, but subsistence poverty has it's own different reality (and fanaticism - think religion). (d.) Mental issues and/or addictions knows no boundaries. (e.) How one's life becomes perverted/distorted when everyone's your servant or wants to use you.
Kudos to those who documented what appears to be an honest insight into those lives. A script like ending to their life stories. Would liked to have subtitles to fully capture all that was said. Interestingly as I write this the BBC news just released more information on Carrie (6/17/17).
Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds star in a tender portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity. From the red carpet to the back alleys behind it, the documentary is about the bonds of family love, which are beautifully bitter-sweet.