Utterly remarkable, I found myself stuck in a trance just as Slade did upon first seeing Wild. The main trio of performances are all phenomenal and some of the best they've ever done, and Haynes crafts a brilliant tribute to stars like Bowie and Lou Reed.
Upon the first viewing of this film I didn't really like it but after the second viewing I realized what Todd Haynes was trying to do with this. Essentially Todd Haynes made the Citizen Kane for glam rock. What Almost Famous did for free spirited rock n roll, this film did for glam rock.
Weird, dazzling, sexual liberated and, at times, bordering on the psychedelic or surreal, Velvet Goldmine is a fun movie with a great soundtrack and an interesting visual aesthetic. At times, it tries to be far deeper than it seems, and can thus come across as mildly indulgent, but all things considered, it seems to capture the expressionism and ideals of the Glam Rock movement.
Glam Rock a la Citizen Kane. While I was less invested in the second half than I was in the first half, Todd Hayne's glitzy pop ballad is a love letter to the sexual identity and thirst for artistry of the early 70s British music scene. Gorgeous imagery and a hypnotic soundtrack combine with embittered but passionate performances to craft a highly psychedelic, somewhat flawed, and often great film.
Not so much a history of glam rock as an expression of what it meant and how rock legends are born, the movie has the feel of a rock fable gone to live with sequins, stardust and pastels. Fans of movies like Moulin Rouge and Almost Famous need to give this movie a serious watch: stunning in production, well acted, fabulously directed.