She introduced us to her story first with 1986’s “I, Tina” co-written with music journalist Kurt Loder. She continued it with 2018’s “My Love Story.” And now, Rock & Roll icon Tina Turner is placing a period on her public story with the documentary TINA which premieres tonight on HBO and HBO Max.
A love note to fans and supporters, “Tina” is a nearly two-hour long documentary, directed by Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin, that is surprisingly revelatory.
Even after reading both autobiographies and attending the Broadway show based on her life “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” there was still something to learn and wisdom to be gained from listening to the living legend share parts of her journey and reminisce once more.
Filled with old and new interviews, and grand song performances with several being full-length, “Tina” offers an in-depth look at the trajectory of the titular star and insights from friends, supporters and industry vets – including Angela Bassett who portrayed Tina in the 1993 film “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” friend and mogul Oprah Winfrey, and Katori Hall who is the writer of the jukebox musical based on Turner’s life and hit Starz series “P-Valley.”
As entertaining as it is informative, “Tina” is a bittersweet farewell from Turner, who has publicly expressed wanting to live out the remainder of her days peacefully.
She is certainly going out in grand fashion with this film. 5 out of 5 on the MMTrometer.
TINA airs tonight at 8pm ET/PT on HBO and will be available simultaneously for streaming on HBO Max.
Until next thought, Thomasena