A British journalist (Christian Bale) looks into the mysterious disappearance of his former glam rock idol (Jonathon Rhys Meyers), who staged his own death as a publicity stunt in the early 70s. Also starring Ewan McGregor and Toni Collete.
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Howard Hawks famously said a great movie was three great scenes and no bad ones. How, then, to account for a film like Velvet Goldmine? It has its bad scenes, but far more good ones, and even some great ones. An ambitious mess, to be sure. But every time I return to it, I thrill to the visual experience and notice how much it has to say. Would that we had more ambitious messes, and directors willing to risk one.
Like 'Querelle', this another brilliant queer film that seems to be hated or misunderstood by most gays and straight liberals. This is a film for the sexually fluid, a rare celebration of the BT in LGBT. Sweaty, glittery rock spectacle
Very inventive, but ultimately unsatisfying musical quasi-biopic. The highly creative theatrical surrealism is interesting at first, but starts to get tedious and annoying when it doesn't really build up to anything - the story is disjointed and unfocused, leading up to a confusing and anti-climactic ending. The glam element is laid on pretty thick, and gets pretty tiresome if you're not into that sort of thing.
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.