Cannes 2022: “Moonage Daydream” is an experience of mental expansion

Cannes 2022: “Moonage Daydream” is an experience of mental expansion

by Alex Billington
May 25, 2022

There is only one david bowie – no one else has ever been like him, no one will ever be like him again. A one-of-a-kind artist, creator, human (maybe? maybe not?), lover, dreamer, musician. How To do are you telling his story? Is it even possible? Probably not. It’s better not to even try – there’s so much about him that can’t be explained, that can’t be described in words. Lunar Reverie is a documentary about David Bowie, but it’s not really a biopic, and it’s not really a documentary. Much like Bowie himself, it’s a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience that will blow your mind. It’s a profound experience – one of the most moving viewings I’ve had at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. Stepping out of the cinema is like stepping into a whole new world, with a new outlook on life and a new outlook. It’s a breathtaking, cosmic existential journey through existence and the infinitely wise mind of Bowie. The quintessence of a cinematic experience in all directions. Surprising.

Lunar Reverie is written, directed and edited by the very talented American filmmaker Brett Morganwho has already blown us away with exceptional documents like Joan (about Jane Goodall) and Cobain: Editing Heck previously. When he edits a film, it’s not just a bunch of clips edited together, it’s a live. Morgen works meticulously crafting the sound design, editing and visuals to ensure the documentary is a complete cinematic spectacle, something that is immersive and takes you deep into its story. He outdid himself with Lunar Reverie, with dazzling editing and mind-blowing visuals. It uses various film clips and footage clips to reference what Bowie is talking about in certain scenes, rather than just showing Bowie himself over and over. And he was lucky enough to get his hands on all of Bowie’s footage archive from his estate, which means there’s so much edited into this, it’s almost overwhelming.

Some critics seem to be expecting something this movie isn’t, and yes, I was also expecting a simpler biographical documentary. But it’s not really meant to be “David Bowie’s life story”, and it’s not really going to give insight into Bowie and what made him the person he was. That’s not the point of this one, and you better know that. The film is Bowie expressing himself again, through space, time and cinema, to teach us how to truly thrive and exist as human beings. He is so exceptionally wise and wonderful. And this film feels like he’s speaking out again, letting his voice and his life reach all of us and inspire us again. It’s a path to living truly free and loving life, and finding joy in every day. There are no new interviews or talking heads or anything because he doesn’t need them – Bowie’s words from archival footage are more than enough to take us on this journey through his life.

In all honesty – I have never really including Bowie before. I never loved his music or his art, but that’s all changing now. Now I understand. Now I understand it. Now I have a better idea of ​​who he was and what he wanted Pin up us, to share with us of his spirit. Like most people, he evolved over time. He was moving from one thing to another all the time, changing and growing, developing and learning. But he always remained true to the belief that true freedom of personal expression was (and is) most important in art. I love that the film shows that – with intriguing statements where he admits later in life that he no longer believes in what he did when he was younger. This journey of a man is part of the experience and part of growing as a human being throughout his life. We can witness this as members of the public are taken on this journey into Lunar Reveriebut we also come to To feel he watches him perform on stage and express himself.

While you might not know more about why David Bowie was so rare or his talent or why he was the way he was, that doesn’t take away from the jaw-dropping vibes of this extraordinary documentary. . Yeah, I was hoping to find out a bit more about his kids and how he honed his skills as a musician, but those are stories for another time. After watching this movie, there are so many things about Bowie that will probably change you, connect deeply with you, and maybe even reshape your life from this point on. This is the power of a truly great cinema. And it’s also the power of Bowie himself. It’s not about learning who he is, it’s about learning from him. It’s about being inspired by your life choices, by your boundless wisdom, by your encouragement to live life to the fullest and dream big no matter the circumstances. It’s about being inspired by the beauty of life, by the things around us. He explains at one point how he surrounded himself with everything besides music to inspire his creativity; it’s the kind of life we ​​should all aspire to live.

Note from Alex at Cannes 2022: 9 out of 10
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