With a story worthy of a B film and set to the aesthetic of a Grimes music video, I'd have given this fewer stars. But at some point in the film, the imagery became more absurd, and the actions of the characters were so outlandish that it was neither horrifying nor cheesy. It just was, and in sitting back to enjoy it without really thinking about it...it sort of came together. Did like the cinematography though.
Beautiful cinematography is worthless if that's all there is. While I like the casting, the characters come off as extremely flat and monotone. Every sentence uttered feels like a line reading from a script, not something a living, breathing human would say. This might be on purpose, and a style I don't get. Refn is a hit or miss it. His films his highly appreciated by a lot of folks, but for me, it doesn't work.