I loved Heath Ledger. Loved his work and his innocent persona whether real or not. No one ever really knows. I’m hoping this work will give me more of an insight in this young man I would have wanted to know.
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*** (out of five)
I Am Heath Ledger is a cinematic portrait of Ledger the artist. Devoid of gossip and any hint of salaciousness, it will disappoint the TMZ crowd but should prove rich for film students, particularly those of the art of screen acting. It is so tasteful and craft-oriented that, even though Naomi Watts is one of the prominent interview subjects, no mention is made of her and Ledger’s love affair. Nor is any image shown of Ledger with an alcoholic beverage, a joint or in any state of mind other than alert and engaged. His death is dealt with quickly, at the end, after a single mention of “demons”, a reference to an “unravelling”, and a few nods to his insomnia.
So dispel thoughts of getting any “dirt” and revel instead in the actor, director, sometime visual artist…
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