Dave is a young rebel, a self-proclaimed king, easily influenced but not oblivious. He gets it into his head to find the stranger who danced with his girlfriend, grabbing her ass as if he had the right, or so it seemed. If he’s right he wants to take revenge.
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King Dave is cool, dramaturgical, and unique. It’s not merely a one shot gimmick; it’s a one shot fully direct address gimmick, and it is different from nearly anything I’ve seen before it.
78/100 – Very Good. (3.5)
The trailer marketed this as a gritty, neon-soaked urban drama of some kind - violent, profane, and in one take. Instead it plays out like a goofy-as-hell musical, complete with a leading man who is about 15 years too old to make the story interesting in any way. Points solely for the impressive technical work and soundtrack (that deliberately aped Drive). I had big expectations, and it did not deliver in any way.
Quand la technique l'emporte sur tout et qu'on transpose grossièrement le théâtre au cinéma, même un très bon acteur peut sonner faux et devenir ridicule. Un tel mépris de l'acteur envers son personnage se fait sentir, bien malgré lui.
N'est pas Nicolas Winding Refn qui veut.