The documentary “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” starts off with Billie Eilish talking about her family, so it’s quickly established how important her unit is to her. Even though Billie is undoubtedly the subject of the film, there are several other compelling figures in her orbit that are present in the doc.
Viewers of “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” are treated to the music making process Billie and Finneas undertook as her career exploded. It’s lovely to see how much the brother and sister respect and enjoy each other. And he does a great job helping keep them on track to meet the expectations and deadlines set forth by Interscope Records executives, while being a compassionate big brother. But Finneas’ sincere happiness for her accomplishments make him very endearing.
Billie Eilish’s mother Maggie Baird is credited for teaching her daughter how to write songs. But now Maggie’s main duty seems to be to keep Billie from becoming a teenager ruined by fame. She seems loving and understanding, but firm, and those characteristics were on display when Billie was questioned about potentially getting dragged for doing a video decrying alcohol and cigarettes.
Patrick O’Connell is Billie’s dad and the least visible of her family members in “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry.” His comments about watching her drive off for the first time show how he reconciles letting his daughter go to grow, even though it’s not a very comfortable process.
7:AMP aka Q was Billie Eilish’s boyfriend, and their little-known relationship was an unexpected revelation. It was really sweet seeing them together, and sad to see the disappointment on Billie’s face as they drifted apart. And while Q isn’t on camera much throughout the documentary, his energy is felt during much of “The World’s A Little Blurry,” for better or worse.
Billie Eilish seemed genuinely thrilled to meet Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom at Coachella, but her fan girl level reached ultimate heights when she met Justin Bieber for the first time at the music festival. It was cool to see an ultimate fan who’s also achieve fame brought to tears over him. But his sweet words to Billie after their meeting showed a kindness in Justin that is rarely depicted in the mainstream media.
Billie Eilish’s documentary is full of love for her family, supporters, and others, but not everything is sweet. Seeing her every day ups and downs just makes Billie even more relatable. It’s not that Billie Eilish is likable or dislikable… what makes her special is her authenticity.
“Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” is over 2 hours long, but it’s an enjoyable journey with an artist who’s achieved more success in a few years than most could dream of.