Filmed over more than two years, "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne" is the first documentary to chart the life of heavy metal’s seemingly invincible frontman. The biopic features honest, heartfelt testimonies from Ozzy’s five children, wife Sharon and members of Black Sabbath plus many more.
Narrated by the man himself the audience are guided through his earliest childhood memories of Aston, Birmingham, through the rocky roads of drug addiction during Black Sabbath and finally to the present day.
Funny, painful but always frank and to the point, Ozzy
tells his story with all the honesty an aging rocker can. At times we see him extremely pleased with himself and at others he seems disgusted with his actions.
Nothing is held back or sugar-coated during this rock n' roll roller coaster – we learn the truth behind the "bat myth" and how he was locked up for trying to kill Sharon. Also, for the first time we meet Ozzy’s first children Louis and Jessica. From them we learn of Ozzy’s inadequacies as a father which, while we expect them, comes as shocking reminder of just how hard life must have been. When Jessica says that Ozzy wasn’t a good father we truly feel for not just her and her brother but also for Ozzy himself.
As previously stated, nothing is sugar-coated, and this leads to a gritty, almost drama-like, insight. The most "Ozzy-like" moment (apart from the bat) is the "Ozzy Osbourne – Motley Grose Out Competition" told by Tommy Lee. It’s a story that can only be told in the most vivid way by glam metal’s most iconic drummer.
This is not to say that the show is all laughs and jokes. We also relive the harrowing night of Randy Rhoads death and how it nearly killed Ozzy. The emotional level of the entire program, not just this moment, is second to none. We see the sadness, anger and joy experienced by the man but also we see frustration from not only the man but also his friends and we, the audience, are right along for the ride as if we lived it with him.
This honest insight into Ozzy Osbourne’s road to stardom is a must for metal fans and even if you’re not a metal-head, it’s always funny to hear a condescending American telling the "Prince of Darkness" how to reach a note just before he rocks hundreds of fans.
~ Benjamin JR Leese