They compared it to an American soap opera. And it doesn’t even have songs by the artist.
Bringing the life of a music icon to the cinema can be a huge success, as has already happened with the film Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic of Queen. However, StardustThe new biographical film about David Bowie, which has not yet been released worldwide, received a flood of criticism after the first trailer was released.
The story follows Johnny Flynn who plays a 24-year-old David Bowie, who embarks on his first trip to the United States in 1971 and collides with a world that is not ready for his eccentricities. The film shows the beginnings of his popular alter ego Ziggy Stardust.
The trailer reveals how slowly his character begins to come to life. Before he became an international star, very few people believed in his potential.. One of them was Rob Oberman of Mercury Records, one of the few employees at the label who actually considered himself talented. Angie, his first wife who is played by Jena Malone, is another of those who supports him on this path.
“Rock star or someone posing as a rock star, what is the difference?” The protagonist is heard saying to those who are confused by his new personality. The trailer begins with a Bowie thirsty for concerts and fame, but not understanding what he has to do to achieve it.. In the last minutes he is seen in front of crowds and being the person he wanted from the beginning.
The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, had its run through the Rome Festival and the Raindance Festival. Its worldwide release will be on November 25.
This story is about an unauthorized movie without the musician’s songsAs the family did not give the filmmakers any rights, prompting endless criticism from fans.
“No. Just not,” one user began in a tweet. “You can’t have such a bad accent, a movie that looks like an American soap opera and you certainly can’t have a Bowie movie without his music. “” They literally said, ‘¿Who is the actor least like David Bowie? ‘ and they chose him for the role“wrote another. One netizen was more ironic and said:” One pandemic at a time, please. “
In an interview with The Guardian, Flynn acknowledged that he was prepared for the public to react as he did. “Potentially we’re going to get a lot of criticism from Bowie’s army,” he said, clarifying that he knew from the beginning that it was a risky role.
The actor confessed that he accepted the role, as director Gabriel Range did not intend to make a biopic, but rather a portrait of an artist who struggles with his demons.
Flynn was commissioned to write one of the songs that barely appears when Bowie sings it at a vacuum cleaner sales convention. The musician himself said: “I don’t think it sucks, but I knew it didn’t have to be a brilliant song. I had this feeling of failure, I wanted to be someone else and I still hadn’t found a way to take advantage of it. So I tried to write this song as Bowie ripping off Lou Reed. “