1976 **** 139 mins.
Nicolas Roeg's film adaptation of Walter Tevis's novel is a science fiction adventure for those who are tired of the same old, same old. It's a visually stunning motion picture with top notch direction and sound design. David Bowie is perfectly cast as the title character who makes a lot of money very quickly and begins making a ship to return home. The government, of course, stands in his way. So, what's wrong with the film? Well, if you haven't read the novel, then you may not have any freaking clue as to what's going on. The film relies a bit too heavily on its visuals and striking elements, that it lets the plot fall to the wayside. Even the plot elements that are presented aren't always presented definitely, so you're still confused as whether or not something happened. I'm referring to part of the ending, so that's why I'm not being more specific as to what bothers me. I'd still recommend this film to those with an open mind to see something compeltely different, and it is stilla fantastic, one-of-a-kind motion picture. I'd just highly recommend reading the novel first.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Panavision)
From the Novel by Walter Tevis