Friday, January 8, 2010

Erik’s Incredible Movie Reviews: Moon

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Moon is the debut film of director Duncan Jones, who is the son of famed musician David Bowie.

I have to admit, that while I like many of Mr. Bowie’s songs, I was never what you might call a rabid fan. He was always more of a “greatest hits” type artist to me--although, to be fair, I never really did delve all that deeply into his back catalog. The one proper CD that I did buy was Earthling, which was a sort of foray into techno, and I did rather enjoy that--especially the single, “Little Wonder.”

But back to Moon. The story concerns an excitable moon-farming astronaut (Sam Rockwell) and his always-calm computer companion (voiced by Kevin Spacey). Yet, despite this science fiction premise, and the fact that David Bowie wrote many science fiction themed tunes, Duncan Jones chose to not use any of his father’s music in the film--not even “A Space Oddity.” Which, considering how much Moon evokes the film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” seems almost like a direct insult to his father.

It’s worth noting, too, that Mr. Bowie is also an accomplished actor, having played roles as disparate as a laid-back version of himself (in the movie “Zoolander”) to a clearly more evil version of himself (“The Sovereign”) on the TV show The Venture Brothers. Yet, despite this range, he does not even make so much as a cameo in Moon.

I suppose, to some degree, this is understandable. I never really got along with my dad either. But even he liked David Bowie.

Spoilers: Dude’s a clone.

Erik’s Rating: Pi

Who It Works Best For: People who liked 2010, but who nevertheless did not find it a particularly worthy sequel to 2001, in terms of scenic design and tone.

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