Sid & Nancy
A lacerating love story, 'Sid & Nancy' chronicles the brief, intense attachment of two of punk's most notorious poster children, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.
Why the hell is Gary Oldman so damn hot in almost everything he does? Even when he's depicting the junkie Sid Vicious.
It's sort of hard to believe I've never watched this movie until now. I've known all about the Sid & Nancy "love" story for years and years and while watching the film really didn't shed any new light on the situation it was interesting to see the story play out in front of me, especially when re-enacted by two fine actors.
I'm sure you can find one hundred tumblers dedicated to the movie or the actual tumultuous duo and while these young fans are sporting their Hot Topic threads and black eye shadow they're doing nothing more than glamorizing a couple of talentless drug addicts, one who was possibly schizophrenic and the other, a horrible bass player who got by on his punk "style" alone.
But Sidney's more than a mere bass player. He's a fabulous disaster. He's a symbol, a metaphor, he embodies the dementia of a nihilistic generation. He's a fuckin' star.
A lot of people bring baggage with them when watching this film. What they think of The Sex Pistols or Sid Vicious in particular tends to effect what they think of the movie. If you can leave that behind you and watch this movie as simply a movie you'll find an extremely well crafted film with surprisingly hidden complexities under the chaos and violence to discover if you choose to do so.
It's not a Sid Vicious biopic either. The film is called Sid & Nancy for a reason. The Sex…
It's sloppy. Largely without structure. Highly repetitive. Fairly grating. Loud. Jarring. Without much rhyme or reason.
And utterly beautiful.
Anchored by terrific work by Chloe Webb and a Gary Oldman performance that is truly some of the most powerful acting I have ever seen, Sid & Nancy is a raw and powerful love letter to two of the most reprehensible and wonderful people to ever fall into the public eye.
I watched this when I was younger, so it was nice to revisit. It has been one of my favourite movies since I was younger. I got into the Sex Pistols around 12, well I got into punk rock in general around that age. Works not only has a great biopic but a great period piece as well. Gary Oldman is fantastic in this movie, he had Sid down to a key.
Alex Cox's direction is incredible at times, and head-scratching at others...but Gary Oldman's utterly jaw-dropping portrayal of Sid Vicious held my attention the entire way. Simply amazing acting.
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Gardy Oldman is one of my favourites, and he gives one of his best performances here, embracing the role of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicous completely. It's an excellent biopic and an interesting story if you know little of Sid and Nancy's relationship (and I'm sure if you were avid fan/hater of the musician as well, though I wouldn't know how accurate it is).
The story of Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols and the drug-addicted groupie Nancy Spungen is well-known in popular culture.
What Alex Cox did was to turn this sordid piece of pulp into a love story, a romance. A decaying one, it is true, a mixed-up and doomed one, but in its way as affecting as Romeo and Juliet.
Gary Oldman plays Sid, in one of his earliest film appearances, and using his original London accent. He really is good and surprisingly brings us close to Sid and caring about what happens to him.
In contrast Chloe Webb is a hugely irritating Nancy, screeching and clawing her way through the film - she really is quite exhausting to watch. But…
Beauty is wasted on the youth. In this case the youth are wasted on themselves. Fantastic performances, but a bit plodding at times and the ending is a bit of a sham. Still more than a few wonderfully executed sequences and my love affair with Gary Oldman continues.
This is a sad movie. This is a movie about self destructive people, indulging in drugs. This is a love story of Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols and Nancy. These are not likable people. You don't feel for them. You are disgusted and appalled by their behavior. The movie is a showcase for what happens when two potentially morbid and out of control people get together. I couldn't see the romance in their love or vice versa. This is a depressing movie.
The best aspect of the movie was its acting. Gary Oldman, who has time and again proved his mettle, is mesmerizing as Sid. Chloe Webb brings the wackiness and bitchiness in the Nancy character. These are portraying…
Biopics are always wonderful because we get to see an interesting character brought to life through film. In the case of this film, it is Sid Vicious, the volatile bass player for The Sex Pistols. Gary Oldman is absolutely mesmerizing in the role of Vicious, and he really makes this flawed film worth seeing. I say flawed because according to Johnny Rotten, events in the film didn't happen as such and it is full of inaccuracies. Now I'm not into punk rock and I tend to lead more on Heavy metal music than anything else, so I wouldn't know how accurate the film is. However it definitely is a compelling, well acted drama that belongs on the shelf of the…
Gary Oldman is over the top with a brilliant performance/portrait!
Gary Oldman is fabulous. Chloe Webb is great, although I really can't stand watching her for more than 10 minutes at a time. Andrew Schofield really shines as Johnny Rotten ... the film takes a serious hit when he departs it. There's a fantastic series of cameos and small parts for the likes of Sy Richardson, Eddie Tudor-Pole, Xander Berkeley and Iggy Pop, to name just a few. That said, after the halfway point, this movie slumps into a mire of repetitive drug use and Chloe Webb whining that is pretty painful to watch. The first half is more watchable, but riddled with puzzling inaccuracies. I'm unclear why Cox really wanted to make this film.