Billie Eilish – The World’s A Little Blurry

Nyckole Maree

Billie Eilish’s documentary offers an intimate look inside the popstar’s rise to global stardom. Over the past few years, Billie Eilish: The world’s a little blurry documentary was capturing every monumental moment of Eilish’s life leading up to the release of her debut album, When we all fall asleep, where do we go? The film is directed by R.J Cutler and is available on Apple TV+. In the opening scene, the audience can see an enthusiastic 13 year old Eilish hearing her hit song Ocean eyes on the radio for the first time and fast-forwarding three years later in 2018 as she embodies the characteristics of a pop star.

Family

The documentary captures the unity of a supportive family that is taking on the same journey as they guide Eilish on her new profound fame. Growing up in a musical family, she best described her family as one big song in influencing her love of music. With the help of her brother Finneas who was the producer and composer for Eilish’s album, let fans get an inside look at the process of recording an album that took place inside his childhood bedroom. The creative process involved her notebook, where she sketches her artistic ideas like drawing random monsters and pulling the inspiration to write the song, bury a friend. Eilish was committed to sharing her narrative in being vulnerable in showing moments on how she balances being a teenager and a musician.

“Having these things I was never planning on talking about, sharing, or anyone seeing, put them away and I really had to look at it from third person, it was me probably being the most selfless that I ever been. I had to tell myself don’t be selfish let this movie be the movie it is and don’t lie about what your life was, there’s was a ton going on at the time that isn’t in the film but also you don’t want have a false narrative, this was my life,” said Eilish on an Apple Tv+ live premiere event.

The Rise

Living her authentic life involves challenges in having the pressure from people telling her to sing songs that are accessible for anyone. She makes it clear that she sings dark lyrical songs because that how she feels. Eilish knows her own persona in what she wants in her own artistic vision.

In a scene, Eilish is signing a contract to become a director for her music videos. This is one out of many ways Eilish is taking charge of the world she is creating. Embracing her uniqueness with having green hair, wearing hip-hop style of clothing, and the dark pop music she sings makes her stand-out.

“People are always like you know, it’s so dark, like have happy music, I’m like but I never feeling happy so why would I write about things I don’t know about. I feel the dark things, I feel them very strongly, so why would I not talk about them.” said Eilish.

The documentary captures Eilish’s personal struggles with recovering from her ankle injury, her relationship, and valuing herself as a person. The journey also shows the highlights of her career, with Eilish’s album going number one and winning five Grammy awards including album of the year. Her success story goes to show that anything is possible and fans can look inside her blurry world to find inspiration or can relate to her on a personal level.