Monday, March 12, 2012
THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (1976)
This British sci-fi flick starring David Bowie as a sad lonely alien who ends up wandering around the Earth trying to get back to his home planet is pretty cool as far as the visuals go but I can't say much for the actual narrative. It's all very uninspiring as the main plot deals with a character who can't relate to the humanity around him and I felt just as unable to relate to Bowie's character while I watched it which doesn't really help make the point that I think the filmmakers were going for. I know our alien here is supposed to be a metaphor for the feeling of alienation within modern society and all that but I just didn't really care enough about what happens since it's all done in such an artsy artificial style. I do give the movie credit for being very out-there and strange which you don't see much in the safe world of sci-fi cookie-cutter movies made after STAR WARS hit, I just personally couldn't get into it. Maybe if I turned off the sound and played some Ziggy Stardust tunes over the visuals it would be more comprehensible. Remade as a TV movie in 87 which I can't imagine was very good.