Reviewed byPrismark10Vote: 7/10/10
I saw George Michael in concert in 2007 and I think the experience insome ways might really summed his life up. It was an open air concertin the summer but it rained almost all night. George came on sang forwhat seemed like 45 minutes and then went off for a 20 minutes break,probably for a cup of tea and a snort of some illegal substance. Hethen did his second act for about 20 minutes and it was on to theencore.
When you have seen Bruce Springsteen live, pelting it out for 3 andhalf hours non stop then George was a disappointment by comparison.Then again I did not go to see for myself but my wife is a big GeorgeMichael/Wham fan. She was not a happy bunny on Christmas Day 2016. Atleast I took her to see him live in concert.
This documentary co-directed by George himself was a comprehensive lookback on his career. A career that promised much as he and AndrewRidgely quickly made it big with Wham. In 1988 he was the biggestselling rock star in the world and he sustained this throughout the 90sbut by the start of the new millennium it quickly fizzled out as hisprivate life was in turmoil and frankly his voice started to go as hestarted to sing songs through a vocoder (just listen to his version ofTrue Faith.)
George talks about his highs and lows, his love life and his shortlived happiness before his partner died of AIDS and later his motherdied of cancer. Then his public falling out with Sony records as he didnot want to promote his albums the want his record company wanted himto.
Some of the contributors were a bit disappointing. I can understandElton John being there but they also had a falling out and I wanted tohear about that. There was no Andrew Ridgely which was a glaringomission but plenty of Tracey Emin which I found mind boggling.
Reviewed bypaul2001sw-1 (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 6/10/10
'Freedom' is a documentary about Geroge Michael's life mostly puttogether by the singer himself before his untimely death last year. Andit was an interesting life, that of a Watford schoolboy who became aglobal pop star, a legal warrior fighting his record company, and a gayman who finally embraced his sexual identity. Unfortunately, this filmis not particularly interesting: Michael was a private man, and thestory as told doesn't feel particularly personal. Nor is there a greatdiscussion of the music, beyond the obligatory parade of talking headswho gush but offer no insight. The main thing that comes across isMichael's professional self-belief and ambition; though he talked ofslavery in his battle with Sony, we get the sense less of a free spiritunable to work with the man, and more of someone angry he was notgetting the respect he considered his talent deserved. I'd have likedto know more about the real George Michael; but here I felt I saw onlywhat Michael wanted to be seen.
Reviewed byPaul AllaerVote: 6/10/10
"George Michael: Freedom" (2017 release from the UK; 95 min.) isanother documentary about the life and times, but mostly the music, ofGeorge Michael. As the documentary opens, we touch briefly on Wham!before moving on to "Faith", and how its global success overwhelmedGeorge Michael. By the time we move on to "Listen Without Prejudice",we are well into the documentary.
Couple of comments: this documentary is co-directed by David Austin(who has directed two previous documentaries on George Michael) and...George Michael himself. So if you are expecting to "get the dirt" onwhat George Michael really is like, you will be sorely disappointed.Instead, we get a chronological overview of the music in his solocareer, with plenty of excerpts and correlating commentary by Michaelhimself and many other talking heads, including Elton John, LiamGallagher, Mark Ronson, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, etc. You can pickup some interesting tidbits here and there (I never knew that GeorgeMichael wrote "Heal the Pain" as a tribute to Paul McCartney). Giventhat this documentary focuses on his solo career, there is no sight ofor commentary by Andrew Ridgeley. While there are a couple of passagesthat discuss his personal relationships, that also is kept to aminimum. While his fight with Sony gets LOTS of screen time, othernon-music incidents (such as his arrest in Hollywood) are left outentirely. So again, if you are looking for a more personal side ofGeorge Michael, this is the wrong documentary for you. If on the otherhand you want to revisit some of Michael's best tunes and get theinside scoop of them, then this documentary will be right up youralley.
"George Michael: Freedom" premiered in the US recently on Showtime. Ireally didn't know what to expect, but nevertheless looked forward tocatching it. Bottom line is this: "George Michael: Freedom" is pleasantviewing, no more, no less. But one day someone is going to make thedefinitive George Michael documentary, a la "Amy" by director AsifKapadia.
A frank and honest account of 's professional life and career, made by the man himself with various artists adding to the narrative.