‘I Am Heath Ledger’ is not just a documentary of the late actor’s life, but it is also a celebration of it. It seems almost like a film you show in front of friends at a ‘celebration of life’ ceremony, and whatever demons he suffered are only hinted. And why not? Ledger had amassed a short and meaningful discography at the time of his death, and posthumously won an Academy Award. There is no doubt he was a very thoughtful actor, and this documentary gives us a glimpse on how he became one, or rather how he has always been one. Starting from his first film, ’10 Reasons Why I Love You,’ to ‘The Dark Knight,’ we see a young man fully dedicated to his craft, and this dedication made every single performance of his stand out. ledger was always filming himself, and we see a lot of these footage here, and it is bittersweet to see him transform from an innocent driven actor to a mostly fulfilled one. “He was happy,” his agent says, and yes we do see a lot of that happiness on screen, filmed by Ledger himself.
Just like a lot of people, I became enamoured by Ledger after he did Ang Lee’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and I wish the film had devoted a lot more time on that part of his life, but that’s not the point of the film. By the time you finish watching, you will feel like you have a lot more idea on Heath the man: a brother, a son, a husband, and mostly a friend.