The first thing that comes to mind when listening to “Moonage Daydream” is a montage of media criticism from throughout the 20th century that is all laser-focused through the charismatic David Bowie. The documentary “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” by Brett Morgen is about finding your way through a chaotic environment with Ziggy Stardust as your anchor. It is more of a visceral experience than a clear narration. The movie does not shirk from portraying the late pop icon as very human, however, whether via his fears or the way his outlook on love would eventually change.
Who Was Bowie?
Bowie was an artistic musician, aesthete, rebellious experimenter, gender-dissident, and an unapologetic, unashamed cigarette smoker. Morgen features the customary collection of icons that Bowie is comparable to on student posters. Aleister Crowley, James Baldwin, Oscar Wilde, and Buster Keaton are all acceptable, but none of them come close to Bowie’s sweetness and rock idealism. His physical beauty reminds me of Wilfred Thesiger, in my opinion.
Shootout To Bowie Fans:
The fascinating aspect of Morgen’s film is the way it depicts Bowie’s admirers, particularly the euphoric young people at the Hammersmith Odeon and Earl’s Court concerts, as being just like him. They changed into Bowie. Their faces resembled his face as they were overcome and transformed.
Bowie’s Personal Life:
The movie doesn’t specifically address Bowie’s private life. Even though it mentions Terry, his half-brother, and their difficult mother-son connection. Iman is mentioned, but Angie is not. The public Bowie, the Bowie of surfaces and images, is the subject of this movie. Uncertainty surrounds his occupation. He claims to have lived in London, Los Angeles, or Berlin all of his life without ever purchasing a home. Simply engaging in his profession as an artist. Although one who has already received enormous and rich recognition.
Bowie Cinematic Stardom:
Morgen makes the reasonable assumption that the 1970s marked the end of Bowie’s peak. But as the years passed, his intellectual curiosity and imagination continued to produce something tremendous. And it’s possible that his attempts into other artistic mediums, such as stage performances of the Elephant Man or Marcel Marceau-style mime, were a little miscalculated. He had already assimilated all of these influences and was already using them in his rock persona. Although some of his film performances were superior to others, the key was that he had incorporated cinema stardom into what he was already doing. Long after the movie end, his nervous presence is still felt.
Therefore, The personal montage “Moonage Daydream” by Brett Morgen honors the artist’s career, ingenuity, and everlasting charm in a very fascinating way.