Moonage Daydream

Director: Brett Morgen
Year Released: 2022
Rating: 2.0

Morgen's "documentary" about the life of late English rock star David Bowie incorporates clips from classic movies (Freaks, Nosferatu and Fritz Lang's Metropolis) along with scenes from his acting roles (The Hunger, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, etc.) as well as concert footage and interviews into what's intended to be a "psychedelic" experience for the audience.  The problem is, for the rich visuals and flashy colors, one walks away from the film knowing little more about the Thin White Duke than when going in and all it amounts to is a professionally-edited fan video comprised of pieces that could easily be searched for on YouTube and run through a medley of after effects.  It's nice as a reminder of how much he loved all forms of art (he personally enjoyed painting and making videos) and was a restless soul who claimed to never own a house and found himself living in various parts of the world (including Los Angeles, West Berlin and Southeast Asia), embracing/examining humankind ... but it also steers too close to hagiography, which he would have most likely hated.  Newbies unfamiliar with his body of work should skip this and listen to his 1971 album Hunky Dory instead ... and then go on from there.