A Shakespeare-esque drama that centers around Julian, a respected kingpin of Bangkok’s criminal underworld. When forced to seek retribution for his brother’s death by their sociopathic mother, he comes tête-à-tête with the Angel of Vengeance.
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I highly appreciate Refn's artificial style: his work with fragments of previsions and narration, with colours, sounds and music, but also the slowness of camera movements, the montage and the coldness which intensifies the eruptions of violence.
I doubt it will ever leave my mind. Nihilistic fatalism in shades of red and blue. The God-like antagonist drifting, unavoidable. The structural aristotelic, sophoclean perfection, down to the Oedipus touch. Man against FATUM, fate brought by himself. The absolutely brilliant ending. Gosling's SUBMISSION. The fantastic camera. The image economy. The colors, the flawless soundtrack. Only God Forgives.MASTERPIECE
Fabulous... The perfect antidote to undemanding MOR cinema... The fact it divides opinion so fiercely is what makes cinema of this kind essential to the survival of true filmmaking! I have loved Refn since the first 'Pusher' film and he hasn't let me down yet. Thank you Mr Refn - never compromise your vision.
Gosling said it was "the strangest thing I've ever read and it's only going to get stranger." That just makes me so excited. To some that would turn them off but to me that just makes me even more excited. It's going to be extraordinary
Ignore the poor reviews because this is NWR beyond tough as nails or anything I've seen as well his most stylized. Moody, bloody, atmospheric, colorful, and a bit difficult to follow along at times - although, it does remind me of his other films I've watched because of its plot & style. But also good to see NWR working with Gosling again after DRIVE, too.
'Valhalla Rising' is the best film ever directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. The rest of his filmography is good, even very good ('Pusher III', 'Bleeder'), but still anecdotal. This one is for Refn completists.
This film has such low ratings, but I believe it is misunderstood! In fact, it is probably going to be a cult classic! A synthwave Kill Bill that sticks to its tragic shakesperean theme. A hand for a hand. The composition and lighting alone is definitely enough of a reason to watch it!