I'm in the video :D
It was slow and boring. I normally like arty movies but every movie tells a story and this one needed a story worth telling.6/10 at most, because Refn is actually a pretty good director and he managed to pull of some nice shots. The downside is that I feel like he's thinking too much of himself after Drive and trying too hard to come off as a deep thinker to the American audiences.
Sorry, but I think you really misjudged this movie. I know it's easy to take those Ryan-gosling-staring-blankly clips out of context and laugh at them, but I think they make thematic and atmospheric sense within the context of the movie. The other thing I would take issue with is the idea that all movies have to "make sense". There are plenty of movies that might not make much "sense" but are still beautiful(eg. the movies of David Lynch). I hope you see it again and reconsider (I think it's still playing at The Rio).
I liked Mulholland Drive. Part of the fun is trying to debate the meaning and discuss it. In Only God Forgives, there is no fun to discovery. There are very few details to notice, it's not difficult at all to find them, and it doesn't change anything about the film after finding them. It doesn't mean anything to me that one of them is God. The most interesting subtext I've heard is the theory behind Julian's past and the hypothetically abusive relationship between him and his mother. That's it. It's not compelling or thought-provoking at all to hear Refn talk about how opening your palms is a sign of submission. It was already clear from the visuals that Julian was being submissive. It doesn't add anything. Like I said, it's not completely void of substance, but there is just so much that didn't work. Even reviewers who favoured the movie still have many issues with it.
I'm still gonna watch it, though I don't really know why. Great review!
wait, was the director talking about fisting in an interview?
Glad0s is that you?
I dont think it needs much explanation, other than that although the story was clearly a bit more fragmented than it should have been, the shots of just Ryan Gosling really helped me understand his actions in each scene. If it had just shot to him getting up and beating someone, or acting out in any way, it would not have had the same intensity has after maybe 30 seconds of switching between who he is looking at and a zoom in shot on him. I would give the film 8/10 watching/enjoyable, 6/10 story 7.5/10 character
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