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April 17, 2020 12:33 pm  #1

'Stardust': Film Review

With his chameleonic capacity for self-reinvention, his eclectic musical palette and elegant extraterrestrial freakdom, David Bowie would seem ideal subject matter for the kind of freewheeling, stylistically fragmented biopic treatment Todd Haynes gave Bob Dylan in I'm Not There. While British director Gabriel Range travels a more disappointingly conventional route to chronicle the difficult early evolution of the rock star, he does at least draw a multifaceted characterization from his lead, Johnny Flynn, which hints at the complex brilliance that would drive a celebrated five-decade career in music. Even so, Stardust is a mostly listless odyssey, its lack of excitement compounded by the absence of Bowie's music.


April 17, 2020 1:02 pm  #2

Re: 'Stardust': Film Review

I've seen a lot of low budget cable specials about The Beatles over the years that don't feature a second of their music. Their story is great, but let's face it, without the songs they became famous for, what's the point? 

Here's the first released teaser for the Bowie flick:



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