Sid and Nancy is the definitive pic on the punk phenomenon. The sad, sordid story of Sid Vicious, a lead member of The Sex Pistols, and his relationship with his American girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, is presented by Alex Cox without flinching. Authenticity is the film’s major asset.
It’s a world of drugs and booze, with sex lagging behind in interest for the most part. But grim as much of the film is, it’s not without humor.
With his unwashed hair sticking out at all angles, his pale face and brash British accent, Gary Oldman fits the part like a glove. Chloe Webb doesn’t spare her looks as the ravaged, shrill Nancy. Both actors are beyond praise.
The film’s dialog is extremely rough, the settings sordid, the theme of wasted lives (and talent?) depressing. But Sid and Nancy is a dynamic piece of work, which brings audiences as close as possible to understanding its wayward heroes.