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Only God Forgives: movie review.

By August 12, 2013 Pulp Non-Fiction 2 Comments

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Director: Nicolas Winding Refn.
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Rhatha Phongam.
Rating: ♣♣♣♣ || ♥♥♥

If it says “Ryan Gosling”, I’ll be definitely watching.

There’s a lot to say about this crime thriller, written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, that I will do my best to put my thoughts and feelings in coherent words.

The film can seem longer than it is [90 minutes] due to the lack of dialogue and its long shots, but in the end there are things that make it worth.

While it is violent at times and can even be a bit gore, the whole “revenge” theme is well executed. Against what Machiavelli said, this time the ends don’t justify the means, and at times you can be on the side of the Thai police or Julian’s [Ryan Gosling] side… or his mom’s [Kristin Scott Thomas].

Kristin Scott Thomas’ character, Julian’s mom, was one of the things I enjoyed the most. It’s somber, interesting, vengeful, you disagree but sometimes agree with her ways of taking care of the situation. It’s marvelous.

Ryan Gosling does not disappoint but some people might not find him as enjoyable as in his previous works mainly because of the lack of dialogue, but even if he’s not saying a word, he brings out a lot of feeling.

Even if you don’t enjoy the acting [I’ve found very mixed opinions about the acting and the film in general], you will definitely enjoy the cinematography.
That’s the most appealing feature of the film.
It’s based mainly in color red and blue, being red the dominant color, I assume, due to the vengeance-and-blood aspect.

I saw a lot of Lars Von Trier-like inspiration and details [some of the long shots, for example] but that might just be me.

In conclusion, this is not a movie for everyone, due to the level of violence, but if you are ok with that and have the chance to watch it, I recommend you do.

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  • http://dtmmr.com CMrok93

    Good review. Definitely a strange flick, but that’s what I liked about it so much. Always interested me, and that rarely happens when I watch movies nowadays.

    • http://thebluecarbuncle.wordpress.com adriennectyler

      Agree.
      It’s raw but you can’t stop watching!