American: The Bill Hicks Story

Went to Screen cinema to see this tribute to the late comic genius Bill Hicks. Compiled by Bills friends and family, the first thing that strikes you is the narrative technique used by the filmmakers. Instead of the usual talking heads documentary style, the film employs method of animating thousands of images from Bills life, from his birth all the way to his untimely death at the age of just 32 from pancreatic cancer. This style is really the biggest thing that sticks out from the film – it sucks you into this world and is totally effective. It doesn’t shy away from the dark and turbulent times off his life but still shows the amount of love his family and friends have for him. It definitely humanises him more than he already has been. Although it probably won’t teach fans anything they didn’t know about him it is still a must see, just to remind you how hilarious and relevant he still is – it is also a great opportunity to create a new breed of Bill Hicks fans.

Rating: 8/10


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