Far from the classic it is often held up to be (director Alex Cox has even stated his displeasure), this flick still plays as an effective cautionary tale even if it doesn’t do justice to The Sex Pistols or their place in punk history. The film grinds to a halt after the band breaks up and then doubles down on the boring, based out existence of junkies. The relationship between Sid and Nancy is so powerful and oddly moving that you’re willing to slog through the slow patches to reach the inevitable tragic ending. This film would not be what it is without Gary Oldman in a spectacular performance (his first major role).
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