It doesn’t really matter whether or not you love his music or not. And it doesn’t really matter if you love the man or hate him. One thing that is for certain is you’ve definitely heard of Ozzy Osbourne and heard of his antics. He’s a rock legend. He’s been a figure-head of rock and roll music for decades now and is still as popular and as controversial as ever. But one thing that most people don’t know about Ozzy is who the real Ozzy actually is.
Directed by both Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne is a documentary film that traces this famous rock legend from his early childhood hears in a war torn England all the way through today. One of the first things we learn in this movie is that the filmmakers spent nearly 2 years following Ozzy to document the footage they have obtained.
As a teenager, Ozzy grew up in England after the Germans had bombed his town. He had few choices, go to jail, work in the factories, etc.. But after listening to The Beatles, he decided that rock and roll was the path he would choose.
Forming the band Black Sabbath he and his fellow band-mates virtually invented heavy metal rock music. Ozzy’s newfound success allowed him to get the things he thought he’d never have and started him on a path of a downward spiral as an addict, addicted to drugs and alcohol.
Black Sabbath had a successful career but tensions and conflict eventually led to his departure from the band. Ozzy then went solo. And this was probably the best thing he could have done as his solo career took off and he became a legend. However, due to self-doubt and low self-esteem, Ozzy continued his use of drugs and alcohol to the point where he was essentially a non-functioning individual.
Just a few years after his separation and divorce from his first wife, Ozzy married Sharon and started a new family with her. As Sharon puts it, the stress of a divorce, the start of a new family, and his career was so much of a stress on him that he used more substances and got substantially worse.
There’s a lot of footage in-between that point and where Ozzy is today, and that’s really something that you should see the movie to learn about. Ozzy spent the vast majority of his life drugged and stoned out of his mind to the point where much of his life is either a blur, or something he has no recollection of.
During these times when he was so high and stoned he has no memory, he became the bad-boy of rock. He famously bit the head off of a dove and a bat. I will say that this is an unforgiveable thing and something that this site does not endorse, think of as cool, or anything like that. I personally think it is a shameful act and something that he will have to live with for the rest of his life and answer for it when the time comes. But that being said, I don’t believe that when these acts were committed he was consciously aware of it. He is an addict, and took that to the extreme.
I was very surprised by this movie. I really feel as though Ozzy is not someone that the general public truly knows. While seeing someone drunk and non-functional may be humorous to some while watching the first season of his television show The Osbournes, it really is more sad than anything. This is a film that doesn’t hold back when it comes to pointing out Ozzy’s faults. He was a bad father for most of his life when it came to his children. He was a bad person for most of his life. But it also shows the journey that he has taken to get to the point where he is now. He’s a man looking for redemption the best way he knows how. And this is your chance to get to know the real man behind the legend.
Go out and get to know the man behind the legend.
FINAL GRADE: A â€“
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