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By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Disappointing David Bowie biopic has language, sex, drugs.

Movie NR 2020 109 minutes
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Made without the approval of the Bowie estate and drawing criticism from the family of his real-life colleague, Ron Oberman (Marc Maron), it's perhaps not surprising that this rock biopic falls flat. The movie's sole inspiration appears to be the commercial success of recent 1970s rock biopics Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman. Bowie's music doesn't feature, which leads to a lot of scenes discussing his appeal without ever really showing it. This robs the movie of any real energy or stakes, leaving only exposition-heavy dialogue and plenty of low-budget period wigs and costumes.

Both Flynn and Maron do their best to sell the road-movie premise. But Stardust is more akin to Somewhere, Sofia Coppola's examination of the downtime and behind-the-scenes listlessness that follows famous people from one promotional activity to the next. It's hard to imagine that a series of hotel lobbies and diners is how anyone wants to remember one of the most captivating rock stars who ever lived. The result is a movie that fails to live up to either its name or the very icon it attempts to portray.

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