I think it is because of the balance between Nancy and Sid that we feel compelled to pity Sid and despise Nancy, making the film engaging in an offbeat and slightly deranged way. Alex Cox's direction possibly because he knew the punk movement first hand rather than through the papers is first rate - like Quentin Tarantino lite - but he is just as much a flash-in-the-pan as Sid and Nancy himself. An often romanticised look back on the life of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious. I like this film because it has something to say about undeserved fame, what you do or the few choices you have after your fifteen minutes is up and how empty headed people with no agenda get treated in this big bad world. Steve Jones, an amusing and engaging bloke on anyone's terms, seen here is nothing but a borderline psychopath. In reality, even at the height of their success, the Sex Pistols were still very poor and unhappy with their surroundings.
O filme romanceia fatos reais: Sid, em liberdade condicional, quatro meses depois de ter esfaqueado acidentalmente Nancy, morreu de overdose de heroína, em 1979 ou morto pela sua própria mãe. What he does capture is the general obnoxiousness of the scene. However, as the director and co-writer of 'Sid and Nancy', Alex Cox would have known the entire story back in the early 1980s. Here, the Sex Pistols are portrayed as nothing but a worthless gimmick; a construction of a Svengali manager who took any four hoodlums and placed them in sensational situations. Not having seen any original footage or performances of the real Sid Vicious, I am not going to comment on whether Gary Oldman captures the character or not.
Almost as bad as Spike Lee's 'Summer of Sam'. What about the intelligence and originality of the Buzzcocks or the Banshees? John Lydon, a man who wrote God Save The Queen among other things a lyric surely comparable with anything by Lennon or Dylan is portrayed as a talentless thug. Punks are usually the unsentimental type, so they tend to give this film the two-finger salute. Nor is it surprising that the girlfriend who tries to exploit his total lack of talent is even more vapid and idiotic than he is. Tell that to the people who actually lived through this. His musical skills were so close to non-existent that I could probably play a better song than he does, in spite of never having played in a band before. Oldman, Webb and Schofield are fantastic as Sid, Nancy and Rotten alike and it's invigorating to watch the cast sing, spit and curse their way through the Pistols back catalogue.
Why watch a film about a couple of junkies who came from unremarkable backgrounds and disappeared into the bleakness of drug addiction? Gary Oldman and and Chole Webb are excellent, inhabiting their characters right down to marrow. Sid Vicious was definitely not one of humanity's finer specimens. Comments 0 Comments Please login or to post comments. The majority of the audience still had long hair and flares. He just didn't want to film it. Too lazy for work she used oral sex like most people use a credit card.
What stopped me from turning off this sad statement of a generation was the performance of Gary Oldman. In the brief intervals between Chloe Webb's whining, the film manages to veer into interesting visual territory. Whatever forces were at play in forming the young man who became Sid Vicious, it's to the credit of Alex Cox and his team that they don't waste time speculating upon them or trying to analyse them. Gary Oldman plays Sid Vicious, the bassist for British punk rock group the Sex Pistols. He was such an outsider that he turned to Joe Strummer of the Clash for help. Sid Vicious made the swastika t-shirt an icon; he pretty much lived in one.
Look, as you can tell, I could easily spend 10,000 words telling you how insultingly bad, stupid and dishonest this movie is. His look, his life and his early death made him a cult, but he didn't leave a legacy behind other than a series of half-hearted drunken rants. Most of Sid and Nancy revolves around the two titled post-teen's attempt to maintain some semblance of a real relationship in the midst of a lot of drugs and self-induced violence. By this time the Pistols had long since self-destructed. Let's get that out of the way right off the bat. In fact it's not a fault at all. As an old punk myself it would be easy for me to be biased and lean with a nostalgic slant with the film, but truth is this film doesn't glamorise the duo because they are portrayed as the pathetic self destructive couple they were.
Com Courtney Love como Gretchen. What about the Clash's social conscience? Check the half-mohawks and the 'positive punk' girls' puffed-up hair. It consists of so much ugliness that nobody in their right mind would normally watch it for pleasure, but it is done in such a fascinating manner that one can't help being fascinated. Go ahead and watch this movie for its cinematic enjoyment, but not as a biographical piece. This is not about the history of the Sex Pistols. And I've got to give the truly unforgettable award to Sid and Nancy, based on one single cinematic moment in the film--- you know what that moment is, don't you? To me, this movie exemplifies my idea of true love.
I realize, seeing it with adult eyes, why my parents were so shocked I was watching this film in 1987. If Romeo and Juliet had been like Sid and Nancy, the Montagues and the Capulets would have paid to get them married and out of Verona altogether. I would hardly rely on the impressions of an upper class intellectual, who was on his way to being a lawyer when punk happened. Their story is so backwards and so wretchedly obscene that we have to be interested in it somehow. Did she really talk like that, or was Ms. This movie is not historically accurate. Also, some of these people were too old to play the characters; it's easy to forget that the Pistols and their contingent were all teenagers.
We're shown only a little of where Sid came from, mercifully not enough to help us theorise about how he came to be the embodiment of anarchy. Would no one from the Sex Pistols camp talk to him? Unappreciated by many people, but well worth a look even if you never listened to the Pistols. Sid and Nancy were from this hanging-on group and although joining the group as bassist and groupie respectively Nancy tried to get it on with most of the band they were never more than window dressing. We get to know Chloe Webb's child-woman Nancy to a greater extent than we do Gary Oldman's wild-man Sid. After seeing this movie, a friend of mine was so moved, she packed up everything she had and moved to London, where she lived on the streets for a year, trying to form a punk band.