The documentary is also quite creative in how it tells the story. The filmmakers combine footage of Joplin with letters she wrote. The footage is well-picked and always relevant to the film's message. Often times concert footage can be overused and used poorly in music documentaries but this one does it right. The concert footage pieces the storyline together and keeps the audience's eyes on the screen. At times there were so many images on the screen that I wished I had a remote to rewind and look at them all. I guess I will just have to re-watch the whole film!
To conclude, I have to talk a bit about the music. I have not listened to much Janis Joplin personally, but I loved the music used in the film. It really made me want to explore her music more with the concert footage and just the relation of her songs to her own life. In fact, I am listening to her music right now as I write this. All of her songs seem so deep and hard-hitting, truly portraying her personality and background.
The Bottom Line: This is a creative and very insightful documentary of a tortured soul.