Whitney ★★★★

After Nick Broomfield's somewhat mitigated documentary comes Kevin Mac Donald's attempt at deciphering the legend that was Whitney Houston.

The masterful editing plunges us back into the late eighties & early nineties and makes skin-tingedly tangible the meteoric rise of young Whitney as well as her tragic fall.

Beautiful insights from her family and close ones abound and the director doesn't shy away from honestly interviewing Bobby Brown either.

Just like Asif Kapadia's Amy a few years back, it's a really tender and beautiful hommage to a complex soul and a beautiful voice.

Also, a timely watch in a year where too many souls young and old, in or out of the public eye, have lost their lives to substance abuse.