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Pretty good directorial debut from Ryan Gosling. It's highly influenced by Lynch, Winding Refn and Malick, but I don't think that's a flaw. Tarantino copies everything and is hailed as one of the best directors of his generation (I also like him as a director though). Cinematography and style are stunning, just as the score (by Johnny Jewel). The one problem I have with this film, is the story. The story isn't just that spectacular. And it isn't suspenseful enough to be a real dark fairytale. I'd give it 7/10. I'm looking forward to see more from Gosling as a director, I think he has the potential to become a very good one.
A very hypnotic movie, but ultimately one that has too little substance for it's runtime. I feel like this could have been a pretty riveting short film, perhaps closer to a 45 minute runtime. But as is, it's too waning and with too little story to truly enjoy. I would love to see what Gosling does next but I wonder if working with another writer might help him flesh things out more. Beautifully shot, great score, some interesting dialogue...But ultimately feels empty.
You can clearly see the influence from Refn, but this film isn't as vivid as Refns work. Good start though. 6/10 maybe 7 if you overlook poor effort at storytelling.
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