2021 Blind Spot Series: Velvet Goldmine
What I knew going in: Not much, other than seeing various gifs/photos
Arthur (Christian Bale) is a journalist doing a piece on a glam rocker, Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and what happened to him after he faked his own death at a concert Arthur had attended. We also see Slade's life and his admiration for another rocker, Curt Wild. (Ewan Mcgregor)
I don't often pick movies made in the 90's for my Blind Spot series, but I've been doing it a bit more lately because there are so many that I have missed, and this is one that gets brought up a lot. It's something I *should* have seen by now, but just haven't. And I have to say it was quite a bit different than I imagined.
I always assumed Ewan McGregor had the focus in this film, because he's the actor that I always here people talk about when discussing this film, but he doesn't. Bale and Meyers have a lot more screen time than him, so I wasn't expecting that. I had actually forgotten Bale was in this at all until I hate hit play, so that was a nice surprise.
The actors are great, especially Toni Collette who was another surprise I wasn't expecting. The music is catchy, it's shot like a music video and gets fantastical at moments, though sometimes you wonder if what you've seen is true or just a fantasy. I enjoyed the fact that I was a bit caught off guard by this film. I expected one thing and was given something else, and I welcome that occasionally.
Memorable Quote: "Nothing, if you don't look at the World." - Curt (Ewan McGregor)