Moonage Daydream (2022)
September 20, 2022 5:09 PM - Subscribe

A cinematic odyssey featuring never-before-seen footage exploring David Bowie's creative and musical journey.

Recent FPP

90% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes

Written, directed, and produced by Brett Morgen, this is the first film sanctioned by the Bowie Estate.

Currently in theaters.
posted by potrzebie (2 comments total)
I just saw this and I think I hated it? If I had watched it as a stoned teenager it would have absolutely changed my life. But alas, I watched it as a sober mid-thirties suburban mom who took the afternoon off to catch a matinee while my kids were still in school, and it mostly just bummed me out. He was so beautiful, inside and out, but so hard to grab hold of, and this film's attempt didn't land for me. I don't know that I would have made a better Bowie documentary, but I'm dead certain I wouldn't have made this one. I hope the Bowie Estate had a good enough experience doing this (and sees good enough box office numbers) that they let other filmmakers at the subject. I would love to see more traditional documentaries about specific phases or albums or relationships. There's so much there.

When I got in my car to drive away, though, "Fame" was playing on the radio. Can you believe it? That surprise almost redeemed the whole experience.
posted by potrzebie at 5:20 PM on September 20 [2 favorites]

I loved this, although I was exhausted by the end of it. Many of the reviews that I've read have dinged the film for failing to say anything "new" about Bowie, but I'm ok with that; I've been interested in Bowie since seeing him on SNL with Klaus Nomi when I was a child, but I'm not super familiar with the interviews that mostly provide the verbiage here, so I still appreciated the approach of letting the man speak for himself, more or less.

A couple of things that struck me in particular: first, that some of his remarks from earlier in his career seem to me to confirm a suspicion I've had for a long time, that Bowie was familiar with the history and ideas of ceremonial magic in what's loosely referred to as the Hermetic tradition, by folks who believe in that kind of thing.

And secondly: shortly after Bowie's death, I saw of video of David Byrne leading a crowd through a sing-along to "Heroes", and then saw a couple of assertions in various publications that the two of them were friends. The movie didn't do anything to confirm THAT, but it did make it very easy to understand how that might have come about. Both of them seem to have survived a very alienated youth and young adulthood, and to have arrived into much happier circumstances as they got older. I can imagine them having a lot to talk about from middle age forward.
posted by Ipsifendus at 2:17 PM on September 21 [1 favorite]

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