‘Moonage Daydream’ looks back at the eclectic life of David Bowie – North Texas Daily


“An alien rockstar.”

It’s one of many titles used by singer-songwriter and icon David Bowie. “Moonage Daydream” portrays the rock ‘n’ roll fantasy that was Bowie’s life. It’s a journey on a musical drug from start to finish. The audience is immersed in the colorful and brilliant world of Bowie.

In recent years, there have been biopics about notable artists like Queen, Elton John, and Elvis Presley. The difference is that these movies are Hollywood actors’ take on the life of a real person. In “Moonage Daydream,” we witness real-life footage of Bowie and his real-life experiences.

The film begins with Bowie whispering as the blank screen slowly spells out the singer’s last name. Audiences are greeted with an array of colors, lights, lasers, clips from old movies and the star Bowie himself. These dramatic effects are a perfect representation of the theatrical person he was.

After the intro, the audience is transported back to the early 70s. Seeing a fair-haired Bowie strutting around on stage in his sparkly platform shoes is truly breathtaking. Audiences can imagine being in the concert hall with thousands of fans screaming as they sang “All The Young Dudes.”

“Moonage Daydream” travels back in time to show the many faces of Bowie and the many places he called home. From the late 70s to the 80s, a blonde Bowie ventured around the world in search of inspiration for her many mediums.

A 1973 interview shows how far Bowie truly was ahead of his time – his developments in music and fashion paved the way for future entertainers.

The interviewer mentions Bowie’s shoes and comments on how they are traditionally women’s shoes. In true Bowie fashion, the artist responds with “those are shoes, silly!”

In the same interview, religion and worship are mentioned. When asked if he participates in a cult, his answer is really beautiful because he declares “life, I really like life”. He lived his life to the fullest and was inspired by everything he saw.

The documentary has a time jump pattern. Audiences see moments of Bowie as an adult, then travel back to his first arrival in America in 1971. Later, Ziggy Stardust, Bowie’s best-known character, is introduced.

Stardust is someone Bowie fans will never forget. To be able to witness Bowie’s prolonged transition into the total glamor of his new persona is exceptional.

In this new era of Ziggy, we’re transported beyond the days of “Starman,” “Life on Mars,” and the movie’s namesake, “Moonage Daydream.” He dives deep into his family, his writing process, and his love life. The film begins to pick up as it picks up speed in the second half of Bowie’s career.

Crossing the 80s at lightning speed, the public discovers its “Let’s Dance” era. The 80s are a Bowie era that will be recognized for its art rather than its music. The film presents a part of Bowie’s life that people may not have seen before and it was done in a beautiful way.

The 80s had a “new Bowie” and people loved him. Bowie said he wanted to “do something that helps people” regarding his new style of music. The 80s and 90s were a brighter time for him and he wanted that to reflect in his music.

The documentary is a mess in the best possible way. Bizarre, but it’s a work of art how David Bowie hit the world in a way no one could ever replicate.

Bella’s rating: 4.5/5

Featured artwork by Isabelle Isquierdo

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