Oh Dear, Here is the First Trailer for the Upcoming Bowie Biopic ‘Stardust’
It’s a testament to the absolutely fanatical adoration by fans of the late, impossibly great Freddie Mercury, that they were able to overlook the glaring mediocrity of the 2018 biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. It was showered with undeserved praise and subsequently with loads of awards. (Cameron Crowe’s awful Almost Famous had actually laid the groundwork for that oversentimentalizing phenomenon back in 2000.)
2019’s Rocket Man, of course about Elton John, was significantly better, certainly more raw and visceral.
And now completing the Rock God triumvirate is ‘Stardust,’ the already considerably controversial biopic about the now nearly half-a-decade deceased David Bowie. It’s due in theaters November 25, and the first trailer has just been released by IFC Films.
The film came under very public fire when Bowie’s son Duncan Jones voiced his disapproval to the press, and insisted that the production would not be allowed access to any of the music. And indeed, the trailer doesn’t contain a single bloody note—marking the glaring difference with Bohemian Rhapsody…you could reasonably ignore the latter’s flaws, and simply get swept up into the music. Rami Malek’s ability to project Freddie’s incomparable larger-than-lifeness didn’t hurt either.
But Bowie was pop culture’s greatest ever enigma, an alien fitted into human skin and bones. And the already hardly exceptional musician/actor Johnny Flynn doesn’t appear to come within spitting distance of his resplendent oddness. So ‘Stardust’ surely isn’t sprinkled with nearly enough of the stuff of the title, and rather appears to be just another, “Hey kid, I’m going to make you a rock star!” fairy tale.
Surely it’s worth seeing out of curiosity. But absolutely not before you’ve had the pleasure of glueing yourself to the glorious 2019 documentary David Bowie: The First Five Years.
Oh, and be prepared for critics to beat the ‘Life On Mars’ lyric, “But the film is a saddening bore” to death.