Only God Forgives (2013)
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Visually stunning, it should receive heaps of praise and accolades for Larry Smith's work. The film is short on story, long on run time and a meticulous examination of formalism, detail and tone. It belongs in a museum or classroom where individual aesthetics can be put under a microscope, examined and classified. As a movie it comes up short.
More of an experience than a film, it was a lot like a Malick film without voice overs and therefore an uncomfortable distance from the characters.
Plot reminded me of a sort of minimalist conjunction of Hamlet and Macbeth, with the strong Kristin Scott Thomas as a devious Lady Macbeth.
The pacing is a bit awkward but I think it ultimately works in its favour since I cannot picture the film being so ambient any other way.
Refn's film distances him far from Drive, with which it will undoubtedly be compared, and brings him closer to his previous films. It is ripe with polysemous symbolism etc, but I wasn't pulled into the story enough and remained incredibly lucid that I was watching a film.
I feel as if Refn knows exactly what he's doing with this film, and people criticize exactly what he wants them to.
A crock of shit film that was up it's own arse.
This is a movie that "critics" harboring delusions of grandeur are afraid to criticise. Instead, they praise the cinematography, soundtrack and aided by their thesaurus, use colourful language to desperately try to justify why Only God Forgives was not indeed a steaming pile of shit.
Cinematography, soundtrack, style and one decent performance from the female lead does not make a good movie when it lacks narrative, dialogue or fleshed out characters in a style over substance film which falls flat on its face. Not even a psychotic Bangkok police man painfully singing karaoke every 20 minutes can prevent that.
It was about 90 minutes too long.
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