Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.
We are told the story of Bill Hicks right from birth until his death, tragically young, only 32 years later. It's quite fascinating how he started out as a teenager with his friend Dwight Slade, and how they'd sneak out of the house to go and play gigs at a local comedy club. He gains some success and ends up solo when Dwight has to move away and we follow his career through alcoholism, drug abuse and back again. It's only when he cleaned up that he had his greatest successes though. Sadly he never really made it really big in his home country during his lifetime, but he left us with some truly memorable and thought-provoking comedy In my book, a genius.
Rather than just having lots of talking heads in between scenes of Bill on stage, the filmmakers used some photo-animation to illustrate certain parts of the story. This worked very well and served to keep the audience interested in the narrative. Many of his friends and family contribute to the story, which gives this version of events a lot of credence. I found I was not only intrigued by his life story, but also by his comedy. I will certainly be looking at more of the work of Bill Hicks Recommended.
My Score: 8.2/10.
IMDb Score: 7.9/10 (based on 1,716 votes at the time of going to press).
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82/100 (based on 55 reviews counted at the time of going to press).
- Aug 29, 2011