Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bright Lights

There was a documentary film on Sky Atlantic a couple of days ago that was all about Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. I found it to be incredible.

Bright Lights was set to air in May. However, following the passing of both Carrie and her mother, the airdate was brought forward.

Reynolds' son, Todd, was also in the film but he wasn't in it as much as the mother and daughter. He seemed to have his own life. The other two, on the other hand, seemed inseparable. Carrie and Debbie came across, to me, more like best friends. They lived in neighbouring houses. I guess that shows right there how close the tie was.

In a peculiar way, seeing how tied together they were in the parts of the film, made me realise more than ever that maybe the world wouldn't have been a better place for them to be apart. The bond is there for all to see on this film.

There were other interesting things in the film.

Throughout the ninety minutes were clips taken from the family archives of Carrie and Todd's childhood. It was all caught on home video and painted a picture about all of their lives.

The film was book-ended with Reynolds' final performance in Las Vegas before she headed off into retirement. Then, shortly afterward, the cameras followed her to get a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actor's Guild.

It was sad to watch at points, but it was really good and worth going out of your way to see.

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