This is a fascinating documentary that teaches you one of Bowie’s principles, “No one can laugh at you if you’ve already laughed at yourself”.
While I suspect that most of you will enjoy many moments in this film, you David Bowie fans will love it. The movie functions as if you are spending 2 hours, 15 minutes touring the Louvre in Paris. Right when you start to look for the exit, DaVinci’s Mona Lisa leaves you dancing on the edge of joy and fascination.
This film is an artistic recreation of Bowie’s life. As noted in a Guardian review, Director Brett Morgan’s film is a dazzling mashup of elegy and celebration.
This is not a typical biographical film. While it touches on Bowie’s childhood, it is more theme oriented as it captures his greatness. His frank bisexuality reflected in this orange hair and artistic fashion held your attention as the movie covered his many onstage performances.
He became an idol to millions of young fans. The emotional response of young women watching Bowie sing and dance onstage reminded me of similar scenes in the recent Elvis film.
What you also learn from the movie is that Bowie was a gifted painter and movie actor. Director Morgan’s enchanting film gives you a first-hand look at a great singer who embraced a life that he didn’t understand and yet to his credit, didn’t seem to care.
Hunt this movie down at the IMAX while it is still playing. Remembering our past is a good thing.