Director Alex Cox balances a bleak evocation of star-crossed love with surreal humor and genuine tenderness in this portrait of the brief, intense attachment of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.
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if a director is really lucky they might achieve one masterpiece in their lifetime. This is Alex Cox's second brilliant, scattershot home run after "Repo Man." "Sid & Nancy" is the definitive punk biopic by virtue of not giving a shit about being a biopic. The film captures people living in a moment, living in the now, living for the high and living for each other. Cox serves up a heroin induced "Romeo and Juliet."
(3) Pretty good, and great cinematography from Roger Deakins, although some of the early scenes of Punks are a bit "Gizzard Puke" - John and Sid are so Punk they can't eat Baked Beans without them falling out of their mouths - and the ending is unnecessarily twee.
Punk and heroin make a dystopian combination. Forget John and Yoko, there was far more of a destructive connection between these two. Remarkable method performances that may seem hyperbolic, but in the infantile interpretations of anarchism with the Sex Pistols, this is pretty on the mark.
I really liked this film, as a love story it stayed with me because Cox finally shows sincere affection for the characters, which in turn are played perfectly by Oldman and Webb, but the direction is also my least favorite aspect of the movie, some scenes lacked the energy and charisma that made the Sex Pistols so well known (in terms of the whole band) and most of the time Cox is just too distanced from the material