Last night, my friend Jeff and I went to see the documentary God Bless Ozzy Osbourne at the AMC Theater at Newport on the Levee. The show is a two-night-only affair that was being shown at one time only each night. The first showing was last night at 7:30. I bought tickets online expecting a big crowd. I apparently thought too much of Ozzy, because there was only maybe 15 people in the theater last night. It was an eclectic mixture of middle-aged guys who listened to Blizzard of Oz when it was first released, and some younger kids who probably hadn’t even heard of Ozzy until they caught The Osbournes in reruns on MTV.
The number of people in the crowd doesn’t denote the quality of the show, however. The documentary was produced in part by Ozzy’s son, Jack. This had made me skeptical of the whole production, going into it, but with the help of another producer, Jack managed to put out a pretty damn good movie about his father. Most retrospectives about Ozzy focus entirely on the drugs and crazy antics of his. God Bless eschews a lot of those stories (although some stories are present in the film) for more stories about Ozzy’s childhood, comments about working with Ozzy from Sabbath members and fellow musicians, and a lot of stories about Ozzy as a father. In fact, I’d say the theme of this movie is that Ozzy was a terrible father when he was drunk, and how he overcame his addiction (seemingly through his own will alone).
Should you happen to check out the second showing of God Bless, be sure to stick around after the credits because there’s a ten minute interview with Ozzy and Jack after the credits finish rolling. It’s very different from the rest of the film, in that there’s more direct questioning of Jack and Ozzy. If you like Black Sabbath and Ozzy, or if you are interested in how an addict overcame his addictions late in life and managed to hold onto his family after nearly destroying them, you might want to check out God Bless Ozzy Osbourne.