June 23rd, 2005

declan:  blue tickle

the man who fell to earth

Watched "The Man Who Fell to Earth" last night. Pretty good stuff. Fortunately, I'd seen enough Nick Roeg films to know what I was getting into, so the leisurely pacing wasn't too much of a drag. It made me want to read Tevis' novel, you know, to figure out what was actually going on.

Something that surprised me a lot was the soundtrack. I wasn't exactly expecting a rock opera or anything (although I would have loved that), but when you've got David Bowie starring in a movie, where he's basically a rock star alien, why not throw in some of Bowie's music? I've heard rumors that "Changes" and "Space Oddity" were mentioned in the original script, so what happened? Was Roeg afraid that the music would shift the mood or focus of the film?