While other films directed by Nicolas Roeg have attained similar cult status (including Walkabout and Don't Look Now), none has been as hotly debated as this languid but oddly fascinating adaptation of the science fiction novel by Walter Tevis. David Bowie plays the alien of the title, who arrives on Earth with hopes of finding a way to save his own planet from turning into an arid wasteland. He funds this effort by capitalizing on several highly lucrative inventions, and in so doing becomes the powerful leader of an international corporate conglomerate. But his success has negative consequences as well--his contact with Earth has a disintegrating effect that sends him into a tailspin of disorientation and metaphysical despair. The sexual attention of a cheerful young woman (Candy Clark) doesn't do much to change his outlook, and his introduction to liquor proves even more devastating, until, finally, it looks as though his visit to Earth may be a permanent one. The Man Who Fell to Earth is definitely not for every taste--it's a highly contemplative, primarily visual experience that Roeg directs as an abstract treatise on (among other things) the alienating effects of an over-commercialized society. Stimulating and hypnotic or frightfully dull, depending on your receptiveness to its loosely knit ideas, it's at least in part about not belonging, about being disconnected from the world--about being a stranger in a strange land when there's really no place like home. --Jeff Shannon.
Well when I saw this, I was whoah gotta check it out, bought 2 different times.one was as a birthday present, other because I had pawned it. Recently purchased it again, an will read the book. Found the story interesting, an a Bowie fan. I know I'am bad at these. Prepare too see dongs, but also Candy Clark ,ultimate lost soul looking fer love.
This movie is very complex and non-linear. The viewer has to pay close attention to what is going on. But one shouldn't panic at the first sign of confusion. Hang on and challenge yourself to last through the movie. You may not feel satisfied by the movie, but you will think about it. Whether you end up liking the movie or not, it will effect you. That makes it the great movie that it is. I'm not sure whether I like it or not, but I'm glad I watched it. And I think about it and I'm still confused by some aspects of it. It needs a few views to be understood. But I'm not straining too hard to understand everything, because being confused and disoriented while watching a movie is a good thing. I don't really care if I don't know what's going on all the time. It makes for a very unpredictable experience. Too many movies today are so predictable, this one is not. The crude sexual scenes add to the reality of the movie. This is a REAL sci-fi movie. What I mean by REAL, is that the movie is about an alien and outerspace. But one wouldn't really know it until about half way through the movie. The true nature of the picture is hidden behind a well written movie about human life. Then when the sci-fi aspect unfolds, it has a great impact. I would recommend this movie to anyone looking for a challenge.
There seem to be two kind of opinions about this movie. One: it's a great, fascinating, if slightly weird film. Two: It's boring, meaningless and why did anyone bother to make it? Actually, I found more reviews of the latter kind, and almost didn't buy it. Luckily, I couldn't resist. And I think "The Man Who Fell To Earth" is gorgous, if slightly weird. It is hard to get into and it is indeed long and sort of complicated. Than again, what's so bad with a movie you actually have to think about? Because that is what this film will do, it'll force you to think. And you do need to have a mind to think with, really.
"The Man Who Fell To Earth" is a movie so far away from anything mainstream that it just can't apply to many. I found it wonderful, there are so few really good movies out there, and this is one of them.