Trying to Refocus the Blurry World
Billie Eilish’s Apple TV+ documentary, “Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry” takes us through years of songwriting, personal relationships, and an insight into her thoughts. Eilish is a 19-year-old pop singer who became popular at 16 with her first song “Ocean Eyes'' and started documenting her life at 17 when she started working on her album “When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?” and other solo songs.
At the beginning of the documentary we are shown Eilish’s house in Los Angeles where she makes music with her brother, Finneas O’Connell, who is an alternative/indie singer. The more than two-hour long documentary takes us around the room where all their songs are made in their childhood home. From there we are invited to share in her hearing her songs on the radio for the first time, her shooting her first music video, the struggles of songwriting and even the stress of song deadlines.
As Eilish’s popularity grew more and more, the events she went to and interviews she was a part of started becoming more frequent. With the stardom she gained at such a young age, she expressed that she has anxiety and depression and even showed her journal where she keeps her thoughts that sometimes become songs. With her growth, we are able to see she is still very family-oriented, with her mom even expressing to the film crew that she knows that other parents view her daughter’s music as depressing and demonic. She quickly expresses that she is not afraid for Eilish because she understands how teenagers feel in this generation.
Even though Eilish is very private online, everything was put on the table in this documentary, even her love life. It is revealed that she had a partner for awhile and we are shown the ups and downs of their relationship. We get to see tours, concerts, Coachella and even her meeting her idol, Justin Bieber. Lastly, we are taken through her album release and the Grammys, where she won six Grammys her first time attending.
Eilish is extremely talented and values her privacy, so to see a long documentary where she poured all her emotions and personal thoughts out was exciting to see. Overall this documentary was worth watching to understand how she handled fame at such a young age and grew to be so successful.