“Only God Forgives” (2013)

Blowhard, Esq. writes:


While I enjoyed DRIVE, after watching this one, it was clear to me why others didn’t enjoy DRIVE. There’s no pixie-cute Carey Mulligan to redeem this one, instead, we’ve got an impotent, Oedipal-conflicted Ryan Gosling avenging the death of his rapist-murderer brother. Writer-director Nicholas Refn isn’t terribly interested in the story, though, as much as he wants to create space for a cool, deliberate exercise in style. The primary actors seem to be occupying a living tableaux, a sort of Pageant of the Masters meets Asian cinema where no one behaves in any recognizably human way. This is a world where children can watch a man’s chest sliced open or witness a masked killer being gunned down in front of them and they react with Buddhist calm. Although I wasn’t emotionally engaged in the least, I did admire the framing-within-frame of its visuals and the neon garishness of Larry Smith’s camerawork.


About Blowhard, Esq.

Amateur, dilettante, wannabe.
This entry was posted in Movies and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to “Only God Forgives” (2013)

  1. Laura says:

    I can never shake the feeling I’m in Drive when driving in downtown L.A. at night. Experienced it again last night.


Leave a Reply to Laura Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s