Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry

Emma Rose Olsen, A&E and Features Editor

     On Feb. 26th, 2021, Billie Eilish fans probably had the best day of their lives. This is because Eilish released her first and only documentary, “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry.” This documentary was released to all Apple TV subscribers and was directed by Emmy awards winner, R.J. Cutler.

     The runtime is a total of 2 hours and 21 minutes, which is a longer runtime for most documentaries but I promise you, every second is worth it. The documentary is available at some movie theaters for showings as well. It also has a mature rating for viewers.

     Rotten Tomatoes has already rated The World’s A Little Blurry. They gave it a 98% on their “Tomatometer” and a 91% audience score.

     The World’s A Little Blurry, follows Eilish’s rise to stardom from the time she was thirteen up until her life now. All footage was shot pre-covid. The documentary opens and closes with Eilish’s first song, Ocean Eyes

     She wrote this song when she was only fourteen years old and posted it randomly to SoundCloud one night. Her intentions were never to blow up; they were actually for her dance teacher’s ears. But, her talent was soon recognized by many others on the app. This song completely changed her life forever.

     I think that Ocean Eyes has such a sentimental meaning for Eilish fans, like myself, because it represents a younger, simpler time in her career. So hearing it in the beginning and the end of the movie is perfect.

     Something I really admire about the documentary is the way Eilish is showcased as a normal teenage girl. You would think because of all her success that she would live in a mansion or some extremely boujee home but she actually lives in a 1,208 square foot home in Los Angeles, California.

      The World’s A Little Blurry also shows Eilish preparing for her drivers test just like every other teenager does, which was refreshing to see. Her parents get nervous and anxious about her hitting the road alone, which is a mutual feeling among teen parents. These are just everyday people with super talented children. 

      The documentary takes us through her songwriting and producing process, which is so unique compared to other artists. All of Eilish’s songs are written and produced by her brother Finneas O’Connell. This is something many people who are not familiar with Eilish do not know.

     In my opinion, the fact that every song released by Eilish is entirely created by her and her brother in their childhood home makes it more special to listen to. It emphasizes how hard they work and how personalized every song is to them.

     Something that the documentary shed light on that many people do not realize is the insane amount of pressure and depression Eilish faces. People seem to forget that she is just like every other normal teenager, just because she is in the spotlight.

     In 2019 when Eilish first performed at Coachella, a music and arts festival in Coachella Valley, California there were some issues with music and the screens that she would appear on. Ultimately, she had to cut some songs from the original set list which in turn caused her to mess up while performing one of her favorite songs, “All the Good Girls Go to Hell.” 

     Eilish was extremely disappointed in herself because as someone in the spotlight she has little to no room for error. The documentary shows how talking to her team and getting that reassurance from not only her family but also fans can make all the difference in her attitude.

     She gets thrown into crowds of people on the daily which can be totally overwhelming for anyone, but she always handles it with class. Eilish says that she is never allowed to have one bad moment, which is sad but true. Her fans appreciate her no matter what, but there are people out there who will hate on her for the littlest slip up.

     One thing that made me even more interested in her documentary was the fact that it showed her relationship with a now ex-boyfriend known as “Q” in the movie. Eilish is a very private person so not many people were aware of this relationship, but I am so glad she decided to include it.

     Her showing her relationship with Q made it easier to connect with her on another level as a teenager. Everyone knows that relationships aren’t easy and she showcases that. Their relationship was far from perfect, but as an outsider when you see your idol in a relationship you cannot help but assume it is perfect. 

     Even if you aren’t the biggest Eilish fan I believe everyone would enjoy this documentary because her personal life outside of her music career is so relatable. The documentary has only been out for a couple of weeks and I’ve already watched it three times. 

     “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry,” receives a 10/10 from me.