Loosely based on the experiences and personalities of David Bowie and Iggy Pop, VELVET GOLDMINE is a wild, glitter-laced trip through the 1970s era of Glam rock. Fictional characters Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) and Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor) are personifications of Glam rock's ideals, with the mysterious and androgynous Slade balanced by the intense, raucous Wild. When Slade disappears, the era itself seems to melt away, swallowed up by the slick 1980s. But Slade's story, and the story of Glam rock, is retold when journalist Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale) is assigned to discover what really happened to Slade. Through his own memories of this time, Arthur faces his childhood fears and fantasies. With a nod to Oscar Wilde, a CITIZEN KANE-like structure, and an overall sumptuous atmosphere, VELVET GOLDMINE is director Todd Haynes's unique look at homosexuality, indulgence, and, most importantly, rock & roll.
I tried multiple times to review it but never could find a way in. It is a early glam-rock version of Citizen Kane. The structure is that strong. And the 4 principles are fantastic. I can't rate it higher because when it gets draggy it gets reeeeeeealll draggy.
Now I know what you all are thinking..... what is this?? Well I am going to add a review for it later this week so be looking for it, but I love this movie. It is all about Glam Rock over in England. It is just a staple for me in my movie rotation!...... I was first introduced to this movie because of my unnatural love of Ewan McGregor and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. But I was pleasantly shocked a year or so later when I sat down to watch Batman Begins to recognize Christian Bale's … more
Pros: Acting, lighting, story, music Cons: Some scenes are odd and hard to determine if 'true' or part of the pretention. The Bottom Line: The performances by the principles alone is enough, but the general story is also compelling. Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot. When pretention becomes all the rage what does the new wave have to turn to—and … more
"Velvet Goldmine" Glitter and Glam Amos Lassen and Cinema Pride "Velvet Goldmine" is impressive in the way it includes Oscar Wilde, his philosophies about art and his fascination with music. Even though Wilde is not a character in the film his presence is felt throughout. He is referenced throughout. Curt is both a composite of Iggy Pop and Wilde--he is an artist as he creates music and Brian Slade is Dorian Gray. He … more
Pros: eye candy, a couple of songs Cons: confusing, boring, unappealing message, most songs bland, unsympathetic characters The Bottom Line: Ewan McGregor's bottom line is lovely, but the rest of the movie is pretty lame. Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot. The first thing I heard about Velvet Goldmine was that it features Ewan McGregor naked, which was enough of a reason to make me want … more