A deeply unsettling paradoxical tale of a Jewish anti-Semite; a dystopian bricolage. Gosling (like Norton in 'American History X') shows how charismatic figures can have a coercive influence in calcifying bigotry. The art of demagoguery requires a radical in order to coagulate. Whilst it relies heavily on maximalist representations, the polemical illustration of destructive principles has cautionary gravitas.
A fascinating character study based around a powerful early performance by Ryan Gosling. Though the production values are a bit lackluster and the ending gets pretty melodramatic, for the most part this is a sharply-written exploration of the complexities of faith and hatred.
A fascinating premise that unpacked what it means to live compromised by the dichotomy of belief. Ryan Gosling is magnetic as the over-intellectually challenged rebel who fights an un-winnable battle. Henry Bean's script and direction are tight and compelling. Wow!
Films of this subject and nature are all to often featured with mindless thugs with sheep mentality. Good to see the opposite, an articulate character displaying an extreme warped prejudice. Gosling's performance is credible, convincing, real.
it's such a pity that such a great minds as of the main character of this movie should be trapped in the body of a man who has suicide tendencies. the question to be found in this work is 'was the Danny a real believer or was he not?' did he believed in god or did he believed in a void. did he not believed and was irritated by other people's blindness or believed and tried to find an inner god in himself? excellent
I have yet to review this film at Above the Line but one is highly in order. This film resonates long after you've watched it, that proves wholeheartedly in the talent of some actors (Gosling) to transcend the boundaries of actor and character and to captivate on all levels of the cinematic experience. This film shows you how he came to The Slaughter Rule, then Half Nelson and soon Blue Valentine and others.