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.
It makes "Drive" look plain and unimaginative with its color palette and cinematography that goes side by side with greatest cinema accomplishments. Unfortunately, except for the music, right facial expressions from the main cast and shock that brings unexpected torture porn violence, there's nothing more to hold onto in a story that feels like masterfully directed dream sequence that was expended into a full movie.
Well, you can't fault NWR for ambition - this is such an uncompromising piece, a surreal ultra-violent dreamscape informed by (I imagine) both Eastern mythology and Freud. And Ryan Gosling not saying much again. Emperor's new clothes? The jury's out in my own mind but, writing this over a month since I saw it, I still haven't recovered from the sensory overload of the visual experience.