Bowie: The Man Who Changed the World

2016

Biography / Documentary / Music

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IMDb Rating 5.3 10 1004

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David Bowie as Self
Elton John as Self
Duncan Jones as Self
Mick Jagger as Self

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by classicsoncall 7 / 10

"I do the art, and then I try to sell it." - David Bowie

I was surprised at the low viewer rating for this documentary, but reading some of the writers here it's kind of understandable - there's not much David Bowie music in it. It's not something that really bothered me while watching because I picked up on a bunch of facts concerning Bowie that I never knew before, even though I've followed his music virtually from the beginning of his career. Like his older brother Terry being institutionalized for schizophrenia and eventually committing suicide, and Bowie's own belief in Roswell aliens which formed the basis of his early career, Ziggy Stardust persona.

That Bowie brought a theatricality and showmanship to music that didn't exist before goes without saying. Not only did he entertain, but he intrigued and provoked audiences as well, while totally obliterating accepted musical boundaries. With that, I found it interesting that an early influence on his career was Anthony Newley, the well regarded British singer and actor, who never achieved Bowie's sort of flamboyance, but did have an infectious energy and style while performing. I found that quite interesting.

Probably the one downside for this viewer that others have mentioned was the narrow scope of the film's focus. There was a heavy preponderance of things going on in the single year of 1969, the year when 'Space Oddity' hit the music charts. Almost the entire rest of Bowie's career is given fleeting mention, including collaborations with Marc Bolan and Mick Ronson, who helped him develop the androgynous look, blurring the lines of sexuality in his music.

I think if you read some of the harsher reviews for the documentary on this board you might be put off seeing the picture, but I think there's some value to it, for music and Bowie fans alike. If I had my preference, I would have liked to see and hear more music too, but there are plenty of other sources for that. Give this one a try and I'm sure you'll pick up some nuggets you didn't know about just as I did.

Reviewed by bigbyrd-83966 9 / 10

Insightful

Just when you think you've seen everything about David Bowie already it's a treat when something comes along that forges its own path.

I don't want to over hype this and despite mixed reviews I was looking forward to it. My expectations were surpassed. It explores the global power and impact of the music of David Bowie and reveals the passions, experiences and forces that shaped his life and revolutionary sounds and looks at the career of arguably the greatest pop star who ever lived. The filmmakers used interviews with friends who give testimony regarding Bowie's impact on their lives. It is extremely insightful. I could go on and on.

It's not perfect. Okay let's get the negatives out of the way and it's a big one – except from one of Bowie's early songs there's none of his music. The eeriness of the music score was fitting though.

Positives? I'd just tell you watch it

Reviewed by jasonpetersettlen 10 / 10

The man who changed everything

Bowie was the man who changed everything for me. I listened to his music on a loop. The early 70s was the start of my obsession with piling on make-up and reinventing myself. I identified with Bowie's twisted glamour. If you wanted to escape the dreariness of mainstream fashion, then Bowie was your man. Dressing up became a way of life for us. Even my straight friends with an ounce of imagination embraced their flamboyance, happy to be connected with Ziggy and his feminine side. This documentary really shows Bowie's genius and love of his craft. He turned lyrics upside down and inside out, right to the unfortunate end. Most interesting thing I took from it were the amazing background interviews and time warp interviews. Great documentary.

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