Monday, August 3, 2009
Love...Kills .... And Don't Become a Heroin Addict
Punk rock is epitomized in the life of Sid and Nancy. The Sex Pistols' bassist Sid Vicious is the quirkiest character, and Nancy Spungen only contributes to the chaos.
This is the kind of "living on the edge" that I don't want to get messed up in. Its great to see on film, but certainly would have been nuts to actually live through. Dying, whether it be through drug overdose or getting stabbed in the stomach, is not really my cup of tea.
However, this is the stuff of legends. You don't make news unless you stab your girlfriend while you're jacked up on heroin, and wake up to blood-soaked sheets and your dead girlfriend in the bathroom, and on top of it all, you don't remember what happened.
I guess this film exposes the gory behind-the-scenes of the 1970's punk rock scene, though it seems like this is the most extreme of the cases. It's also a film about the deleterious effects of drug abuse, which just happens to be one of my favorite genres.
Gary Oldman was epic in this film. Epic. The film was mediocre at best, but the performances wer excellent. And of course, the music rocked. Duh.