“Stardust” is a movie about David Bowie’s journey to discovering his now, iconic identity. Directed by British filmmaker Gabriel Range using a script from Christopher Bell, we follow the musician’s first US publicity tour. The famous 1971 tour that would become the foundation behind his album Hunky Dory and his Ziggy Stardust alter-ego.
Not everyone becomes a star overnight. Bowie before going on tour, in the states, was a smash hit almost all around the world. However, his career would find itself at a standstill for a period. So, we as viewers are taken on this “tour” along side the artist, who believes he is meant for stardom.
To be honest, the movie left me a bit heavy hearted. It was more about Bowies journey than his music. Now there have been biopics in the past that have worked without having the artists hit music in them. For example, the 2013 Jimi Hendrix film, “Jimi: All Is by My Side.” I wanted so badly to be more acquainted with his songs because I am a bit unfamiliar with who he is and what he sings.
When I think of Bowie I think of a lightning bolt painted across his face. Hopefully I got the right person!
However, according to a movie review done by Variety, which makes perfect sense, “If you want to make a film about David Bowie and can’t afford to go after the rights to his songs. Then you come up with a movie like “Stardust,” which follows Bowie during the year that Ziggy Stardust — the persona, the fashion, the music — was still germinating in his head.”
I will say that this movie does highlight the struggle people have in life of trying to find their identity. In addition, staying authentic and believing in yourself, even if the world doesn’t. My favorite line was, “All it takes is one believer to change the world…. You believe in yourself, don’t you? Cause if you don’t we’re really f’ed!”
What a powerful quote!
If you don’t believe in yourself then why should anyone else? Moreover, if you don’t, how will you ever get to where you want to be? They showed that Bowie deeply believed he was meant to be a star, the challenge was how to get there.
The cast was great and they all played their characters very well. I thought Johnny Flynn did a good job playing an eccentric Bowie. Jena Malone played a powerful female part that although frustrating at times, stood up for herself and what she wanted. Marc Maron was an amazing supporting actor as Ron Oberman, who believed in Bowie and gave him honest feedback. He also added a bit of dry humor to the movie.
To sum things up, today I learned a little something new about David Bowie and I will say the movie was well done. It did however, leave me wanting to watch something more upbeat and happy after it ended.
By Megan Abrigo