Alan Parker deserves some credit for trying to find a new form for the rock musical, but once the associational ground rules and paltry themes of this 1982 montage film have been laid out, they fail to add up to anything meaningful. The swirl of images—alternately violent, misogynist, fascist, and sentimental—is presented as the subjective vision of the everyman rock star Pink (Bob Geldof), yet the failure to grant Pink any character to speak of makes the images seem unearned, abstract, and a shade offensive. With no psychological grip on his subject, Parker turns the film into a commercial for psychotic self-pity and self-indulgence, advertised as the right of an alienated generation. With Bob Hoskins and some good animation by Gerald Scarfe.
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