‘Billie Eilish: The Worlds a Little Blurry’ beautifully tells journey of the teenage idol


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Documentary film by R.J. Cutler on star Billie Eilish tells the story of the idol’s rise to fame.

“Billie Eilish” has become a household name in 2021. At only 19, the mega-popstar has taken the world by storm with her fluorescent green hair, baggy clothes, and unique sound. Her commercial and critical success veiled Eilish in mystery and allure. However, we find out about the real Billie behind all the baggy clothes and bright hair in the documentary “Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry.” 

“Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry” gives viewers an intimate look into Eilish’s success story. The documentary reveals the exciting, interesting, and sometimes hard-to-watch personal moments that transformed Billie Eilish into the star she is today.

Released in January on Apple TV+, it was directed by R.J. Cutler and spans the course of Eilish’s teenage years and the journey of becoming a star through trial and triumph.

The introduction of the film sets an intimate tone for the remainder of the documentary. The film opens with a heartwarming scene of a 15-year-old Eilish getting excited over her debut single, “Ocean Eyes,” being played on the radio — a side of the singer the general public doesn’t see often. 

Throughout the documentary, viewers see uplifting moments of Eilish on her journey to pop stardom. Viewers get to see Eilish meeting her idols, performing for thousands of people, winning awards, meeting her fans, and topping the charts. Every moment is accompanied by Billie’s real-life reactions and excitement.

Live performances are distributed throughout the documentary demonstrating Eilish’s ability as a vocalist and performer.

The film also documents the processes of Eilish’s conceptualization and production of her debut album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” with her older brother and producer, Finneas. Viewers get an intriguing behind-the-scenes look into the songwriting, production, and promotion of the album. 

Some of the harder parts of becoming a pop star as a teen are also unveiled. Throughout the film, Eilish opens up about mental health issues, her dance career-ending injury, Tourette syndrome, and the oppressive environment of the public eye. We also see her struggle through a toxic relationship, the exhaustion of touring, and her frustration with her creative control in her work.

One particularly painful moment in the documentary is her 2019 Coachella performance. At 17 years old, Eilish experiences technical issues, turbulent relationship drama and performance anxiety during her set – leaving her distraught. 

As the film progresses, we see Eilish come into her own, changing her style, becoming a more confident performer, turning 18 and adjusting to life in the public eye, thus completing her transformation into pop superstar, Billie Eilish. 

The documentary concludes with her 2020 Grammy sweep and a full-circle performance of “Ocean Eyes.” 

The personal and exciting moments in “Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry” give viewers insight into the transformation of an angsty teenager with a lot of creative potential into a once-in-a-generation pop star.