Summary: It's quite something to behold. Fantastic cast, and an interesting interpretation of the world of Ziggy Stardust. Do not expect a plot that is easy-to-follow and clear-cut - because you won't really find it here. Walk into this storm of glam-infused psychedelia with an open (and 'artsy') mind and you should end up quite satisfied. Certain aspects of the plot and the mythology surrounding It's quite something to behold.
Summary: Velvet Goldmine is a mostly interesting glide through the times of glam-rock culture. Certain characters are obviously thinly veiled versions of real life artists such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop. Velvet Goldmine has a good soundtrack (obviously), some eye popping visuals and a chance to catch Christian Bale before mega fame. That said, it does lose traction during it's final third.
Excerpt: I approached this movie as a fan of Todd Haynes' other music-inspired movie "I'm Not There", of the film's three leads, and of David Bowie and 60s-80s English rock. For my first viewing, I was impressed. I didn't love it, but stylistically, visually, and sonically, this film plays on a whole nother level. Structurally, it plays like Citizen Kane with glam rock.