Ronnie Wood: Somebody Up There Likes Me [Blu-ray]
(Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, et al / Blu-ray / NR / 2020 / Eagle Vision)
Overview: This intimate portrait by Oscar-nominated director Mike Figgis is the first in-depth film biography of the artist, Ronnie Wood (72), and traces his many lives and careers.
A man still at the cutting edge in his seventies, the film tells the story from his humble beginnings in north London, where his older brothers shaped the musical powerhouse he would become, to the unique career that has not only spanned over 50 years (so far), but also traversed some of the most influential musicians the world has ever known.
Blu-ray Verdict: "I was in the hands of destiny all my life and being in the right place at the right time". Words spoken by the man himself, his voice aged and cracked, low and gruff, but nonetheless as sincere, and as openly honest about his success as any human could ever be in his profession.
As for his wild life heyday's, when asked it they had gotten him into a lot of trouble, he quickly replies, "No, it got me into a lot of pleasure!"
A big, wide grin on his face, along with a chuckle, he adds, "I wouldn't change anything ... except I'd do it with my eyes open a bit me," he knowingly, and casually smiles, once more.
It's statements such as those, and his genuinely expressed love for life, whilst seeing all he has been (negatively) through as a stepping stone to a better place, that makes this 'Somebody Up There Likes Me' documentary (a title inspired by his surgery for lung cancer in 2017, and which is actually washed over very quickly here) one of the most engaging, and revealing I have had the pleasure to watch in the past decade.
Simply put, Ronnie Wood is a genuine, 24-carat rock star guitarist. He has paid his dues, played hard, lived fast (in every sense) and somehow survived to tell the tale.
And tell it he does, in Figgis's revealing, biographical documentary, which charts Wood's stellar and storied career. From his childhood and entry into the 1960s music scene, through to his time with the Jeff Beck Group, achieving fame with The Faces alongside band-mate Rod Stewart and finally becoming an indispensable and permanent member of The Rolling Stones, Figgis captures it all.perfect rock and roll treat. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1080p AVC) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Features of:
Live from the Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne: 'Wee Wee Hours' (with Imelda May), 'Johnny B. Goode,' and 'Blue Feeling.'
In The Studio
Half Man, Half Horse
'Ronnie Wood: Somebody Up There Likes Me ' [Blu-ray] is out October 9th, 2020 via Eagle Vision.
'Ronnie Wood: Somebody Up There Likes Me' Trailer