At the point when conflict finally hits, it feels a little bit too little, too late. So much of the movie is just an analogical recreation of the glam rock era, relying too heavily on sex, glamor, and (a smattering of) over-the-top moments to maintain interests. It eventually just becomes interminable to watch; but it is a visually mesmerizing film, even if its evocations could use some tightening up.
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.