Wishful Drinking is a documentary based on the life of Carrie Fisher; the film isn’t so much a documentary as it’s really a recording of her hit stage show. Fisher is best known for her role in Star Wars as Princess Leia, but you won’t get a lot of Star Wars here so if that’s what you’re looking for, you might be disappointed. Personally, I enjoyed this performance as what the material does cover is Fisher’s life which to say the least, has been colorful…
The overview of this is a history of Carrie Fisher including growing up with celebrity parents who married and re-married multiple times, to being merchandised as a sex doll (yes, there is a Princess Leia sex doll), to her battles with addiction and much more. Her story is delivered with the flair of someone who’s been-there-done-that many times over and probably isn’t shocked by much these days. Fisher’s demeanor is mostly upbeat and tongue-in-cheek, while occasionally being cynical mixed in with a little bitter but without hovering there for too long.
The details of her life and the stories surrounding it are what Hollywood movies are made from such as the film about Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds in Postcards from the Edge. Watching this performance and hearing what she lived through made me appreciate her much more as a resilient person and entertaining storyteller. Not too many people are “invited” to a psychiatric hospital, are re-created as a Pez dispenser, get to star in one of the biggest film series of all time, and are listed as an example in a abnormal psychology textbook.
With all the Star Wars fervor presently hitting the fever pitch it’s hitting, it seemed like a cool idea to review this doc and shed some light on one of the humans behind the legend. I’m glad I did, it gave me a chance to know more about the real Carrie Fisher and just how cool she is beyond the galaxy far, far away.
reviewed by Sean McKnight