If you couldn’t get enough Gosling from Refn’s last feature, Only God Forgives is for you. Marvel at Refn’s undeniably gorgeous cinematic hand as he presents you with a dazzling neon fever dream, whilst Gosling does his characteristic blank stare, slow walk thing. It’s not the worst!
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.
I was going for two stars because of the cop and the music + final song (the neon masturbation of a cinematography really irritated me as it was pushed to the limit), but that Jodorowsky shoutout reminded me of the disgrace that von Trier did when he dedicated Antichrist to Tarkovsky. Lars & Nicolas, the two douches... I have no idea why I keep trying to stand them, there's no use.
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 love Nicolas and I consider myself an avid fan of his work but I can't forgive him about this one. There are really few few few things I liked about this movie. The cinematography was great as usual, I loved the atmosphere at some points of the movie and there were moments that felt very Lynchian. Other than that, this movie was a great disappointment.