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The Last Five Years will be a must for even casual Bowie fans, who are most likely still reeling from their idol's absence. It captures the ever-changing artist in his most surprising incarnation yet: a mortal man.
Despite testimony from many of his closest friends and collaborators, The Last Five Years doesn't so much draw a picture of David Bowie as trace his outline.
The Last Five Years visits all of it, and while the subject is only present in the later years through some random audio, archival footage and the recordings themselves, the sense of celebration is uplifting.
With a tone more celebratory than elegiac, this is a worthy screen memorial that should interest serious Bowiephiles and casual fans alike.
"The Last Five Years" filters the twilight of Bowie's career through the prism of an era when he reigned as pop royalty, and what you perceive now, far more than the fashion-forward evolutions, is the dazzling continuity beneath them.
This lightweight documentary fails to engage meaningfully with such rich material, remaining instead a merely adequate overview of a singularly fascinating period in the life of this artist.
The Last Five Years shows the most raw... character that Bowie has ever created: himself, without make-up, with illusions, without costumes, with new ideas, without fireworks, with passion. And always with audacity. [Full Review in Spanish]
By the end you come away thinking that despite his much ballyhooed different personas, Bowie was in fact one of music's most transparent personalities, the different masks being just different facets of who he really was.
For those who are fascinated by the enigmas posed by these videos' unusual imagery (such as the face bandages with small buttons for eyes, a haunting visual from "Lazarus"), this documentary will not disappoint.
If you like David Bowie, you will like David Bowie: The Last Five Years.
A good one for either the Bowie die-hard or casual fan.
Even if Last Five Years builds a conventional framework for a notoriously unconventional person, that dissonance is its own sort of tribute, and offers another lesson: He did all this stuff because he's the only person alive who could've thought of it.
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