4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2012
i remember catching this on tv years ago but unlike so many other films , this has really stood the test of time . One of the few Oldman performances when he doesnt go too far , Chloe Webb is great as the terrible but captivating Nancy . I loved seeing a pre fame and surgery Courtney love in all her really puppy fat . Great capturing of the music from the pogues and Joe Strummer , oh and of course lots of spitting . A great film for a saturday night in, when you open a bottle of wine and realise how sensible your life actually is .
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2000
The story of Sid and nancy is ultimately one of tragedy but Alex Cox presents it in a way that leads to some acceptance for their fans. The film is hilarious in parts at the beginning but as Sid's world spirals downwards into depths of sickness and heroin the audience plunges with the couple. Gary Oldman portrays the vulnerability of Sid perfectly, whilst Chloe webb manages to balance the little girl side of nancy with the image that the media usually portray her with. Despite the squalor, Sid and nancy contains the most romantic sex scene and their love will move you more then any typical romantic comedy could. Every scene is structured perfectly, the falling rubbish symbolising their increasing isolation, the fire representing their loss of reality. I expected to cry whihc i hate but the actors drag you into the hotel room with them make you see why they died. I cannot express the true excellence of this film, not within 1000 words you have to watch it.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2004
even if you werent a fan of the Sex Pistols then this would still make you laugh, cry, think, and see what actually happened in the punk era before we had pop idol. Gary Oldman plays a great Sid, and Chloe Web a nauseating Nancy! Also tells the story of the bands demise, and it gets quite dark near the end when the troubled lovers are in America. You will learn something from this.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2001
i sat down to watch this film expecting to be disgusted and bored after all the cutting reviews i have read on it. but it blew me away. oldman and webb are incredibly convincing and the script and plotlines smoothly pan out to reveal a surprisingly tender love beneath the squalor and the drugs. i recommend that you watch the film with an open mind and decide for yourselves whether they were wasters as some people have described them or just terribly lonely and misguided people...
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2005
Sid and Nancy depicts the morbidly fascinating story of the tragic love between the Sex Pistols bassist, Sid Vicious and his American girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. The film is set in the peak of the British punk era, and aside from the story at the centre of the tale; the film makes the best of it's surroundings. Depicting numerous controversial incidents, director Alex Cox puts us firmly in the centre of this era. The location choices of seedy bars and even seedier lodgings help to give the film a downtrodden "I don't care" sort of feel, and this compliments the love story excellently. The love story itself isn't your conventional boy meets girl romance, as the two parties are clearly high on drugs throughout most of the film and there isn't a lot of the touching side of romance on display. However, as the band at the core of this film were keen to stick two fingers up at conventions, the film does the same for the common love story. The scenes that see Nancy take her love home to her grandparent's house show this best, and are skilfully done, and are funny in an absurd, hellish sort of a way.
The acting is fabulous, particularly from the male side of the two leads. Gary Oldman gives a stunning performance as the punk rocker Sid Vicious, perfectly capturing both the uncaring punk side of the man, and also the deeper, darker side of his personality. Chloe Webb isn't quite his equal, however; as although her performance as the highly strung American broad isn't bad by a long shot; she has a tendency to get very annoying at times, which takes some credibility away from her performance. Throughout, the film is like a car wreck; despite the hellishness of the events that unfold, the film remains interesting and it is nigh on impossible to take your eyes away from what's befalling the lead characters. Alex Cox's scene staging is really well done, and several sequences will stay with you long after the film is over. The aforementioned dinner scene, which also doubles up as my favourite scene in the movie, is one; while Vicious' rendition of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" marks another. On the whole, while this isn't one of the truly great love stories that cinema has produced, it's a very good one; and you don't have to be a fan of the Sex Pistols to think so.
Sex, drugs, rock'n'roll. "Sid and Nancy" are crammed to the brim with those things, as well as a massive helping of death. This biopic follows the love affair between Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, set in the grimy, bloody, filthy punk subculture of the era -- and Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb are absolutely amazing.
Vicious (Oldman) was part of rising punk band the Sex Pistols when he met Spungen (Webb), an American groupie whom he finds oddly fascinating, despite the fact that her voice could etch glass. They also fight all the time, but make up just as fast.
So much to the disgust of the other Sex Pistols (especially Johnny Rotten) begin a passionate affair full of love, hate, sex and heroin addiction; Vicious lost focus on the band and drifting out on his own with Nancy. Little by little, the lovers slid into a hell of drugs, squalor and self-loathing -- until the day when Spungen died of a stab wound in the Chelsea Hotel.
They say that a lot of "Sid and Nancy" is fictionalized, but I'll freely admit that I'm not sure how much was. One thing is for sure -- the movie is a raw, painfully bleak experience occasionally lightened by moments of actual love and romance, but mostly overshadowed by the drugs and violence that were always present in Spungen and Vicious' relationship.
Alex Cox also does a brilliant job painting the punk subculture of the time -- lots of nastiness, screaming, blood, grime, garbage-filled alleys and howling music. And he spends the entire movie slowly sliding Spungen and Vicious down into their own private hell, alienating everybody and wrecking their bodies with drugs. The most horrible part is that he really makes you FEEL how they started with the world at their feet, but ended up in a world as small as their squalid hotel room.
The only problem is that sometimes he goes a bit overboard on the symbolism. Think garbage raining down like flowers during a Sid/Nancy kiss, or the weird prophetic dream where Sid shoots a "punk angel" Nancy only to have her come up onstage and embrace him.
Oldman and Webb are absolutely stunning in this role -- Oldman's face isn't quite like Vicious', but his mumbling emaciated performance is perfect. And every time you start to get sick of Vicious' antics, Oldman makes you feel sorry for him. And Webb's portrayal of Nancy is shrill and annoying enough to peel paint ("Whyyyyyyy?! I aaaaaaam noooooot! We are SO maaarried!"), but it's absolutely spot-on.
"Sid and Nancy" leaves you wondering if it's a rock'n'roll love story, or the tragic slide of two junkies into oblivion. Or, you know, both.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2013
If you love watching a human train wreak, then this is your movie. The scenes are at times intense. Oldman plays an excellent junkie. The movie makes me wonder about us as a society that would produce individuals such as Sid and Nancy. The home scene with Nancy's parents was sad as the unhappy couple couldn't even fake acting civil.
I was confused about the production of "My Way" in the middle of the movie. Was this a short feature they actually did, or was this supposed to be the workings of Sid' mind?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2005
Gary Oldman & Chloe Webb give stunning performances as the tragic couple in a film that is surely the best advert ever for just saying No!While Oldman & Webb shine in their respective roles that cannot be said for the rest of the cast.The actors picked to play Messrs Rotten,Jones & Cook are so unlike the real Sex Pistols it is untrue as is the music they portray in the film.However this film is all about Oldman & Webb & they really excel as Sid & Nancy especially Oldman who is one of the finest British actors of his generation.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2014
It's a version. There are many. Revision is rife or some would say part of the "creative" process. I say: WATCH THIS FOR GARY OLDMAN'S PERFORMANCE. That alone makes this film rate for me. Knock out.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2012
First and foremost this is NOT a historically accurate portrayal of the Pistols career. It was never meant to be.Everything, literally everything that happens in this movie is there only to provide context for the doomed love story of the two main characters.The number of inaccuracies run into dozens, from the portrayal of Rotten as uncultured buffoon (he was anything but) to the creation of "Rockhead" who as far as I am aware played absolutely no part in the proceedings as he didn't actually exist.The other Pistols were treated as bit part players in all respects (no-one even bothered to get anyone who looked or sounded like them)I did like David Haymans Malcolm McLaren though- well scripted, well played.The point of the movie is the all encompassing mutually destructive interdependancy- in all senses - of the two protagonists. Their descent into hell, against a backdrop of ridiculous fame and notoriety. Their eventual surrender to a drug which excludes and obliterates anything but slavish devotion to itself.
The movie certainly achieves its aim of portraying Sid and Nancy as hopelessly devoted to each other and the drugs.The focus shifts away from the disintegrating punk scene, via a stuttering attempt at a solo career towards a relentless personal battle that was only ever to have one outcome.Gary Oldman is really rather good at capturing some of the shambolic nihilism of Sid, whereas Chloe Webb makes Nancy a totally unsympathetic character it is so easy to despise.
Whether the final fight that ended in her death is anything like the movie portrayal we will never know. I'm guessing that the scene was fanciful at best and just completely invented at worst.What matters with this scene, as with the whole movie is that it is a take on what may have happened. It isn't supposed to be a documentary. It is pretty good for what it is.