“Moonage Daydream” seduces the public | Culture & Leisure

If you were to take anything away from David Bowie’s latest documentary, “Moonage Daydream,” it would be a greater appreciation for life and the moments we so carelessly take for granted.

Rather than highlighting the career and lasting legacy of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century; Writer, director, producer and editor, Brett Morgen, invites audiences to indulge in the otherworldly fantasy musical odyssey, “Moonage Daydream.”

Morgen’s “Moonage Daydream” is the first (and only) documentary to be endorsed by Bowie’s estate, and with good reason. The film is a striking work of contemporary art. A cinematic feast for the senses brought to life by Morgen’s singularly unique and uncompromising vision. A labor of love that took over four years to edit; not to mention the 18 months spent on the fantastic kaleidoscopic visual effects and auricular soundtrack that are sure to captivate and entice the viewer.

I even struggle to articulate a cohesive analysis of the film because it subverts nearly every expectation you would associate with “music documentary.” It feels more like a fragmented, feverish daydream than a coherent, chronological documentary (and I mean this in the most sincere way).

A plethora of poignant and philosophical musings from Bowie are carefully woven throughout the wonderful “Moonage Daydream”, guiding the viewer through the enigmatic and introspective journey.

“You are aware of a deeper existence. Perhaps a temporary assurance that indeed there is no beginning, no end. You struggle to understand a deep mystery,” says David Bowie. These abstract glimpses of the mind are what set the film apart from its contemporaries. As mentioned earlier, rather than figuring out who Bowie was, Brett Morgen constructs a poignant celebration of life. A life that does not end, but changes and continues to grow. A recurring motif that is sure to resonate with the viewer as the credits begin to roll.

While the film is far from the definitive, all-encompassing David Bowie experience (what’s a two-hour film?), it is undoubtedly an endearing and loving tribute to the life and lasting legacy of one of the greatest. It may leave a lot of questions unanswered, but the film captures the spirit and essence of Bowie in a way that has never been done before.

The use of never-before-seen archival footage from Bowie’s interior monologues and rock concerts is sure to send shivers down your spine. Bowie’s powerful, explosive and moving riffs pierce your soul as you experience the best possible complement to a live in-person concert. It’s not a documentary. It is not a film-concert. It’s a dreamscape beyond your wildest imagination, steeped in vibrant color and sound. If you have to see a movie on IMAX, let it be “Moonage Daydream”. 8 out of 10 cheeky smiles.

The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The Torch.


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