Monday, March 12, 2012

The Man Who Fell to Earth (Rating: C+)

This 1976 movie stars David Bowie as a humanoid alien who comes to Earth, creates some new inventions, becomes a corporate billionaire, becomes corrupted by earth values, and is finally kidnapped by some of his competitors.

Except for the abundance of sex scenes, the movie is a touch boring.  Some compared this to Mulholland Drive, which is an weird but entertaining movie if you can figure it out, but I didn't figure it out until 5 minutes after the movie ended.  The Man Who Fell to Earth is a hard to follow mess that borders on surrealism.   In all honesty, I liked the sex scenes, but found the remainder only somewhat interesting.  The pace is way too slow and the movie feels too dated.  It is obvious that the movie is trying to hit us over the head with some socially relevant message, but the movie doesn't convince me that it really has anything to say.

At 2 hours and 15 minutes, the movie needed to be 45 minutes shorter.

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