Heaven Adores You


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Madonna as Herself
Gus Van Sant as Himself
Conan O'Brien as Himself
Rossie Harris as Himself
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1hr 44 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Dragonfly777 4 / 10

Raises many questions, but gives few answers and little insight

I did learn that Elliott grew up in Dallas, but apart from that, I learned very little. It was as if everybody involved in making this were committed to being intentionally vague and uninformative.

Is there any explanation for why or how he left Dallas for Portland as a kid? No, nothing apart from his sister saying he didn't get along with his dad. His Portland girlfriend says that she thought the song he wrote for her was sweet, but follows with a statement suggesting its delivery was hurtful, but no explanation as to how or why. Off to New York. All is going great. The Oscar nomination. XO. Then without any explanation as to why, it's revealed that he was making distressing phone calls at night from the road, and an email hinting at suicidal thinking, leading to an "intervention" by friends and handlers... with zero explanation as to what was going on. Then off to LA. Figure 8. Big on the scene. A couple of people mention drugs becoming a problem, then that he knew when to stop. His manager quit, saying he'd gotten too mean. The guy who'd shot videos for Elliott for years says he suddenly realized that the person everyone loved wasn't there anymore. No explanations, no details, only vague nondescript hints at a darkness. No mention of his relationships in LA.

It's as if there is a gag order placed on everyone involved in this film, preventing anyone from revealing what was going on in Elliott's life that would make a scratch below the surface. There are many problems and stories hinted at throughout the duration of the doc, raising questions that are then dodged, left unanswered. This doc stumbles along in this way with far too many stretches of pseudo-artistic shots of building, trains, Portland neighborhoods, houses, bridges and over-passes, and lazy views from inside a moving car. The music that accompanies these interludes is good. Still, as a doc, there is very little actual substantive content, and there seems to be no interest in providing any insight into either Elliot's life or music that isn't already obvious. I watched the doc in its entirety twice in one day, and I know very little more about the life and music of Elliott Smith now than I did before watching it.

This doc looks like a home movie, shot for only a small company of friends and associates, with restraints on anything that might be considered personal or negative. Sadly it lacks the restraints imposed by the old 8mm film once used for home movies. This camera can run and run and never run out of film, chewing up a great deal of repetitive scenery.

I hope a real documentary is made, one that answers the questions this one only hints at and skirts by, one that isn't afraid to dig in and get real, like Smith did with his music. I don't see the point in only stating the obvious, Elliott Smith was someone special and wasn't always sad or biographical, and only touching his story like a stone skipping across deep waters, hinting at much more but revealing very little. This attempt to NOT be like a VH1 expose went too far in the other direction, and ends up being nothing more than a tight-lipped tribute to Elliott's talents, and to Portland. The subject was and is ripe for something outstanding and illuminating. This was only a wisp of smoke.

Reviewed by megamoto85 1 / 10

Disappointing to say the least

I hoped i could see more of Elliott, i.e unscreened interviews or unreleased songs, this documentary could have been 20 minutes, instead its one and a half hour of boring footage of streets trains houses and so on, also, Nicholas Rossi milked this for years until i finally could watch it outside of the states, man what a disappointment.

Some of the interviews was interesting, but it just doesn't hold up at all, Nicholas Rossi made this to make money, and it shows, Elliott would turn in his grave if he knew this would be released. Im just so saddened that this was allowed.

Lets hope someone that actually uses footage from his life, and actually knows Elliotts story, describing an proper "life and death" of this wonderful man makes a proper documentary.

Reviewed by sandy-340 6 / 10

For Die-hard Fans

This film should have been cut down to an hour due to lack of substantive video... and it's really communicating mainly to die-hard fans of Elliott Smith. I kept thinking of the recent Cobain documentary "Montage of Heck" and its shortcomings. In that film, the first half, at least, was creative and colorful and you understand what happened to Kurt. "Heaven" never really lets you in on "the secret" of Elliott Smith. Unless you really know Elliott's music, life and history, you feel like an outsider trying to guess what's going on. The film's main shortcoming is the heavy reliance on video (sans audio) of Portland, New York and LA - street scenes, walls of graffiti, bridges, factories, bird's eye views of neighborhoods and scenes of rain and snow from inside a car window as the director apparently drove miles and miles and filmed every square foot. It's dizzying the way the camera twists and turns, sometimes upside down. I kept wondering when they were going to show Elliott instead of all that scenery. For three-fourths of the film, there are only a couple of shots of Elliott performing (audio dubbed in with studio versions of the songs)... and they rely mostly on radio interviews, which don't reveal a lot. Suddenly it gets dark and you don't know why - unless you'd followed Elliott's life in the tabloids or news. In the end, you don't understand what happened to him. A few interviews with his manager and publicist don't reveal much - they just elude to his drug use, "meanness" and how he changed and how they just couldn't deal with him anymore. You never really understand anything about his family - where were his parents? What happened to them? A few brief childhood clippings at the start leaves you wondering. When the text appears on the screen telling the audience that he died and was stabbed, it never tells what the official report said. It's a big, giant question mark from beginning to end. I couldn't even connect to the songs - they were just a distant collage/soundtrack in the background. He sang like Paul Simon? He wrote like John Lennon? I've listened to and loved many of Elliott's songs, but didn't hear them in this film. I think they were trying to release long lost recordings instead, which, again, is for die-hard fans and not those of us who just want to know and understand Elliott. I'm not even sure what the title means.

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