“A cinematic odyssey exploring David Bowie’s creative and musical journey. From visionary filmmaker Brett Morgen, and sanctioned by the Bowie estate.” – IMDB
I’m hardly alone in saying that David Bowie is one of my favorite artists of all time. Along with Prince, he is the artist I most wish I could have seen live before he died. So, it’s safe to say that I definitely came into this film with a bit of bias.
I thoroughly enjoyed seeing incredible, archival footage of Bowie during his legendary avant garde Ziggy Stardust days of the 60s and 70s, his reinvented image into the more mainstream in the 80s, and his reflective days towards the end of his life. It was incredible to hear Bowie’s inner thoughts about certain periods of his life and reignite the appreciation I’ve had for him since a young age.
However, in trying to give the film such a strong artistic, Bowie-honoring aesthetic, the film became ever so slightly one note by the end. Also, given that the film was sanctioned by the Bowie estate, it definitely glosses over periods of Bowie’s life, most notably his first marriage.
This film is an appreciation, if not an wholistic biography, of a legend. If you go into it with that in mind, then I think you’re likely to enjoy this movie. And having that Bowie bias doesn’t hurt either.
Rating: 7 out 10 Claire Bears
If you like this movie, you should also watch: The Beatles: Get Back, Cobain: Montage of Heck
Streaming: Available to rent on Amazon or Apple
Directed By: Brett Morgen