Storia interessante ed appassionante, ma non molto fluida, anche se questo non ne mina la qualità. Interessante l'integrazione dell'alieno nell'imperfetta società mostrata. Alcune scene sono molto forti per via della crudeltà umana. La regia fatica a narrare chiaramente, ma crea sequenze potenti e dà originalità al film. Buon lavoro della fotografia, la quale giustamente eccede solo quando serve.Ottimo uso del sonoro
A chaotic and unfortunately dated mind trip. Loads of fantastic moments and surrealist 70s sci fi madness. The major gripe is the constant shifts in narrative style, constantly tossing aside structrual rythms in place of bizarro montages of Bowie perhaps at his best. Around the half way point the plot beings to really unravel and hop forward without clear direction.
Adopting avant-garde techniques to aid the viewpoint of a spider from Mars seems obvious when seeking alien perceptions, though it's underutilised. Similar to how the Body Snatchers ('78) initially follows the subjects of amoeba. It also explains why this film has the business acumen of a Rocky Flinstone novel, and the strange sex to boot. Is Belinda from Mars?
There's a neat story here, but Nicolas Roeg never found it. Instead, he fills the two plus hours with cliche "evil corporation" stuff and David Bowie being with Mary Lou; things that never do come together. It's oddness and exotic imagery are what kept me watching, but I can't say I was invested in it. David Bowie does fine though.
Bowie's amazing face/eyes/hair/jawline/overall-style kinda makes it worth it, I guess - not 100% sure. The sprinkles of actual science-fiction elements were rays of hope in an otherwise very campy B-movie with a messy plot and weak characters. I was expecting something edgier and more solid.
How it pains me to see a film that wears it’s confidence so brazenly. This sort of film is dead today. Here, Roeg puts Bowie in a daft space suit, shows us lots of sex scenes, tells a psychedelic Howard Hughes type tale then rounds it off with a hyper-meta ending. Don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler as the film is a series of ideas and atmospheres, many of them ingenious. Worth seeing for Bowie alone - and the rest.
Definitely a cult film but didn't grab me sadly. It follows the book fairly accurately it's just in-between the chapters is where the films psychedelic influence comes in, or for some seeing through the eyes of Bowie himself. The film is like getting high on a very specific drug that it want's you to experience through visual and sound, it doesn't really follow a story and gets lost but it was a journey all the same.