I Am Patrick Swayze (2019, UK iTunes)
I hate that Patrick Swayze is no longer with us.
And I hate even more that it took a watch of this outstanding documentary to make me realise how much he obviously meant to me growing up, judging from the floods of tears I've been in since this bloody thing started.
With unfettered access to those closest to him - his wife, his brother, his career team - and those he's worked with (just about every star he was on film with is interviewed - Demi Moore, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott, Rob Lowe, Thomas Howell, Lori Petty, etc), we get very open, honest and sometimes awfully unflinching interviews about 'Buddy', which together with rafts of home videos, take us through his amazing life.
From his hinted at parental abuse by his ballet teacher mother to the indignity he suffered as a trained dancer from Texas in the 1970s, all the way through his key films (and some not so key - that rollerskating one looks immense) to his horrifically sad death, the film has an emotion to it that just comes from the interviewees: every one lining up to tell us how utterly amazing he was as a human being, how perfect he was as an actor and as a man and unlike so many of these puff pieces that pass for 'reality' these days, you get a genuine sense from all of them that he really was. He really was all that and more.
Complex, haunted, difficult yet able to bring so much to so many through his larger than life film roles, this isn't an in-depth career retrospective, more a portrait of a man who really did seem to be just as perfect as everyone says he was, even with his demons. And it had me in absolute bits.
I hate that Patrick Swayze isn't with us any more and I hate even more that I'd forgotten just how good he was. This doc - and Swayze himself - was so good its just made me purchase Ghost. And I hated Ghost when I saw it at the cinema.......but I reckon I just might love it now.
And I hate that.
Definitely going to watch this now, never knew about it before.
I love Swayze, fantastic actor and very versatile. Roadhouse will always be one of my favourite movies of all time (and Next of Kin ain't too bad). He also makes both Dirty Dancing and Ghost quite watchable which is really some feat!