A newly released clip from “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne”, the much-anticipated “intimate” documentary that delves deep into the life of heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne, can be viewed below. The one-and-a-half-minute clip features Ozzy‘s first children, Jessica and Louis, discussing their relationship with their father.
“God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” premiered on Sunday (April 24) at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City and received a positive review from Entertainment Weekly, which said, “What could have been a glossy, fawning tribute to the most visible face in heavy metal music history — especially considering it was co-produced by his son, Jack — actually turned out to be a remarkably evenhanded look at Ozzy‘s monumental musical influence as well as his less exemplary life as an addict and often-absent father.”
Critic Joseph Brannigan Lynch added, “‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne’ may not answer the question ‘What makes Ozzy act so… Ozzy-like?’, but it’s hardly a fluffy tribute. This documentary succeeds in offering a balanced portrait of a man who made many mistakes over the course of his addiction-riddled life and also happens to be one of the most influential hard rock singers ever.”
Lynch also wrote that the film “starts with Osbourne‘s poor childhood in the cramped quarters of inner-city Birmingham, England, and goes up to his long-sought sobriety following the end of the water-cooler fodder reality series ‘The Osbournes’.”
While the movie does not delve into certain aspects of Ozzy‘s life — such as his attempted strangulation of wife/manager Sharon years ago — frank interviews with his five children “portray him as an absentee father even when he was physically present due to his mind-numbing abuse of pills, cocaine and liquor,” according to Lynch.
The film will screen twice more during the festival, on Thursday (April 28) and Saturday (April 30). It includes interviews with many of Ozzy‘s family members, friend and colleagues, including Paul McCartney, the members of BLACK SABBATH and MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s Tommy Lee.
Plans for theatrical distribution have yet to be announced.