An Icon Of Life: Our Review of ‘Quincy’ on Netflix

An Icon Of Life: Our Review of ‘Quincy’ on Netflix

Icons can’t help but burn bright and live life as hard as they possibly can…

Fresh off of a successful festival run and debuting on Netflix tomorrow, Quincy is a deep dive into the life and times of this important figure not just in modern music but on a social level as well.  While it does have some unavoidable moments of perfunctory, there’s more than enough here to delight any music fan who knows what kind of impact ‘Q’ as he is affectionately called has had on the world.

Quincy is an intimate look into the life of icon Quincy Jones who has been through thick and thin a unique force of nature in music and popular culture for 70 years.  He has transcended musical and racial boundaries; his story is woven into the fabric of Black America. Beyond his own acclaim as a multifaceted musician who has composed for and played with some of the absolute best the world has ever seen, Jones’s inimitable gift to discover the biggest talents of the past half of the century is unprecedented. From Lesley Gore and Michael Jackson to Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith he has freely and willing mentored young talent towards maximizing their own potential. Battling through health scares with his boundless energy he has also taken his time to shine a light on so many humanitarian and cultural causes, Quincy is the story of a man with the drive, talent and ambition that is only equaled by the size of his heart and the love he has for everyone who has contributed to the unique tapestry of his life.

While not anything that reinvents the wheel, Quincy is an enjoyable and earnest look at the life of a musical and cultural icon.

It’s a film the follows the cookie cutter game plan of a bio documentary but it successfully hinges on a solid subject who takes us through his life and we can’t really look away from his story as he tells it.  Co-directors Alan Hicks (whose only previous experience is the Jazz doc Keep On Keepin’ On) and his own daughter Rashida Jones (who other than a music video and a couple of TV episodes) has never tackled a feature but it all comes off in a fairly efficient fashion.  Everything works in a pretty basic fashion as the film cuts back and forth between him in present day and his recent health problems and tracking his young origins all the way through to him composing for the likes of Frank Sinatra all the way through him working in the hip hop community in the 90’s and being a driving force for championing black culture.

It goes a little long, but its fun for any music and pop culture aficionados who are looking for an entry point into the man and it serves as a solid primer for hardcore fans to get a somewhat intimate and fairly honest look at his life and career.

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David Voigt is a Toronto based writer with a problem and a passion for the moving image and all things cinema. Having moved from production to the critical side of the aisle for well over 10 years now at outlets like Examiner.com, Criticize This, Dork Shelf (Now That Shelf), to.Night Newspaper he’s been all across his city, the country and the continent in search of all the news and reviews that are fit to print from the world of cinema.
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