Sid and Nancy (1986) from Tuna and Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|Sid and Nancy is the story of Sex Pistols' bass player Sid Vicious and his girlfriend, groupie Nancy Spungen, and their descent into heroine addiction. Brilliantly acted by Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb, it is nonetheless a thoroughly depressing film, and gives little insight into the personalities of Sid and Nancy. It answers the question of what they were, but not why they were that way.|
|I do not enjoy this film, and even fast forwarded through it this time, but I do appreciate it.||
Again, Tuna and I agree completely. I found this movie so unpleasant to watch that I don't even care if it is any good. Did you ever hate a movie so much that the question of whether it was a good movie never even entered your mind? I know a lot of people felt this way about Blue Velvet, for example. I felt this way about Sid and Nancy, and apparently Tuna did as well.
I was curious about it, and never saw it when it first came out, so I picked up the DVD and watched it. I just hated every minute of it, and couldn't wait until it was over. Therefore, I'm not gong to be able to give you an objective overview. I guess it's a good movie, at least a lot of people praised it greatly, but it seems to me that it really missed out on a great chance to offer some insight into the culture.
After all, Sid and Nancy personally were two complete losers, strung out junkies with minimal IQ's and almost no talent. Vicious himself was a bass player, and not much of one. If you took 100 people off the street at random, you could probably train more than half to be better bass players. These two were mammals trapped somewhere between homo sapiens and a lower order. What can you say about them? They shot up, they nodded out after making some incomprehensible attempts at verbal communication. Pretty lively stuff. They spent most of their lives in bed, and not making love. Just nodding away.
Their real story lies not in the fact that they were total losers, but in the fact that they were total losers who got their pictures on T-shirts and got a movie made about them. How in the hell did we ever become a world in which two people like this could be come famous. But the movie just accepts all that at face value, and tells the Sid and Nancy story accurately and without judgment. I guess it misses the irony of the fact that it is a movie about two people who don't deserve to be famous enough to have a movie made about them.
|There is something I
did find kind of interesting on the DVD. The movie "D.O.A."
is highlighted as a bonus feature, and it featured nudity from the real
Nancy Spungen, shortly before her death, as well as some looks at
Vicious. Vicious fell asleep repeatedly during the interview.
Oldman and Webb got the two of them EXACTLY right.
For a counterpoint, read Roger Ebert's review. He admired the movie, and was positively rhapsodic in his praise.
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