Director Brett Morgen meets the challenge of Bowie’s career with a kaleidoscope of imagery that moves through the artist’s different phases — from the experimental identities of Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane in the 1970s, to the mass appeal of “Let’s Dance” in the 1980s, to his later explorations when Bowie’s main goal was to please himself.
Bowie’s interviews are surprisingly frank. This doc reflects on his suburban childhood, years of restlessness, falling in love Iman and serves as a reminder how frequently he was ahead of his time, including his normalizing attitude toward bisexuality and gender bending in the early ’70s.
Bowie described himself as a generalist who’s comfortable in chaos and Morgen’s vision embraces this sensibility, churning an eclectic array of imagery that represents the cornucopia of inspirations flowing throughout his work.
This is definitely one you will need to screen on repeat to catch everything being thrown in order to take it all in. As Bowie’s would say, “Press your space face close to mine, love / Freak out in a moonage daydream….”