The Man Who Fell to Earth Film Details
Overview: An alien must pose as a human to save his dying planet, but a woman and greed of other men create complications.
Tagline: Power, space, time and a visitor.
Review: and forgot what his movie was about. Possible Spoilers: The Man Who Fell To Earth is based on a very interesting premise; an alien on a desperate mission to save his planet from a worldwide drought has come to earth for water; in the process, he gets captured, exploited by corporate goons, and finally addicted by our “culture” and his mission becomes slowly derailed. Unfortunately, in a literal case of life imitating art, so does the movie. The problem comes from the director and the script; he spends far too much time on strange vignettes that have nothing to do with the movie, in particular an extended silent scene where a naked middle-aged black man is swimming in his pool, gets out (penis flopping, the works), and hugs his white girlfriend/wife (in slow-motion, no less) while he looks at the camera with a soulful, apprehensive look. Then it’s back to the movie. I still remember this scene because it’s completely out of context with the rest of the film, we don’t know who these characters are and never see them again, and the audience is left looking at each other and saying “…huh?” If Nicolas Roeg wanted to make an interracial plea for tolerance, couldn’t he have just made a movie about it? Here it plays as if he had the concept and decided he could stick it into his movie at any point and it would work. It doesn’t, nor do other scenes like it. There are some strangely staged, pointless “sex” scenes where Bowie has become involved with a human girl that are almost goofy. After some soft-porn scenes showing small segments of their bodies, we are shown a fully nude Bowie and girl from overhead for less than 1 second; literally. Later in a disconnected scene, a man goes to visit his wife at the office and they rip their clothes off and have sex in a small room, whereupon the wife discovers that Bowie has taken pictures of everything with his new technology he wants to patent to make money to help him in his mission, and needs the man’s help; he happens to know this would happen, happened to be there at the time, and does this to prove how nifty his invention is to the man. If this sounds strange, it’s even more so in the movie. Roeg seems to be wanting to develop his soft porn skills in arbitrary parts of the movie, and it doesn’t help the story. The movie does manage to make some points about the utter ruthlessness of corporate greed, how humans manage to corrupt anything we get our hands on, and how our vision, no matter how urgent, is constantly derailed by the excesses around us. However, Roeg seems fuzzy about that concept in regards to his own directing, and the movie loses all focus towards the end, when a waiter asks David Bowie, who is drunk and defeated, “had enough”? “Yes, I have”, he says, and lowers his head. The end. Can you say…easy copout? By the end of the movie, it doesn’t matter. We have had enough too, mostly of the director’s excesses, and want to leave. (By the way, the whole planet Bowie comes from dies…not that it seems to matter…) The movie is frustrating in that it seems to go somewhere in the beginning, we have glimpses of his faraway planet and his slowly dying people, and little or no development of his attempt to work towards completing his goal, other than a brief glimpse of a never-to-be completed spaceship. Exactly how many gallons of water is he expecting to transport in this tiny thing? Or is he the first in an invasion? It’s never explained, or developed for that matter. David Bowie does an excellent job in the role, and frankly I believe that he could do a convincing job of almost any role he chooses after seeing this. But I can’t recommend anyone spending two hours of their life watching this. I am sure the book was enjoyable, and would be a much better use of your time. Three out of ten stars
Duration: 139 min
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
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