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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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!
I forgive you, Refn, for the lack of a Drive 2.0 soundtrack. For as long as you keep mass murdering with those visuals, I absolve you from all your sins. Also, Kristin Scott Thomas totally killed it without even trying.
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.
The first half of Only God Forgives was like a fever dream where David Lynch directed certain scenes of Blade Runner. The imagery looked good enough to eat & not a proverbial hair was out of place. The charm started quickly wearing out around the 45 minute mark when the pacing became nightmarish & I didn't care how it ended, as long as it ended. Gosling was just blank but Kristin Scott Thomas was a glorious bitch.
Like Culkin wearing Gosling wearing Culkin, characters are facsimiles of a facsimile, like Kitano doing Nikkatsu Noir without irony, humanism, or existential concerns. The film is pure post-human, a mix of alienated pop, neon lights, & stark modernism, all meticulously composed & frequently stunning. Minimalist narrative psychodrama (violence of filial responsibility) makes for hypnotic & nightmarish experience.
A film that basically says "fuck you" to it's audience in the best possible way. Super stylish, colorful, moody. It's a film that acts more like a realm you step into instead of a linear, plot based story. Many people say they want a movie that's "different" and far from Hollywood. Well, here it is.
Somebody wrote here that Refn is a pretentious guy who tries to pass exploitation films as arthouse but isn't that something adorable?! Anyway, he can keep doing whatever he's doing, it's great. I feel lots of sympathy for this Refn/Gosling thing. But since I'm a very bloodthirsty person, I just wish he'd be more daring.
Very cerebral and stylish movie, it lacks the emotional touch of "Drive" but that doesn't bother me at all. I liked the extreme violence of it as well as the cultural journey across Bangkok. Truth be told, Gosling is pretty much one-note on his roles but Kristin Scott Thomas as his bitchy and cold mother Crystal was an absolute scene stealer. After this, I definitely want to see what Refn will do next.