Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense ★★★★

David Byrne made for a better "man who fell to Earth" than Bowie ever did, really. His earnestly odd stage persona is exactly what you’d expect from an extraterrestrial alien trying his level best to approximate the expressive tics of Homo sapiens. There’s an indelible moment in "Once in a Lifetime" where Byrne is miming the motion of figuring out the mechanics of a human arm, and it's wonderful. His exotically clinical detachment is a weirdly wonderful complement to the vibrant, joyous antics of the rest of the touring band here. It’s all captured with piercing clarity by Jonathan Demme, who knew exactly what to leave out and what to leave in—his unerring calculus here makes this a true classic of the form.

Block or Report

Khoi liked this review