At the weekend, I went with Liam and our friend Ant to see Only God Forgives, the latest movie starring Ryan Gosling, and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. The last time the two paired up was Drive, which was an incredible movie that I highly recommend. Only God Forgives is a very different affair to Drive though.
Set in Bangkok, and filmed very much like a Thai film, it is genuinely really stunning in the way it is shot, but it definitely won’t be to everyone’s taste. The basic story (free of spoilers), is of a man who owns a Thai Boxing School whose brother is murdered – the brothers’ mother flies in to Thailand following her son’s death, and wants her remaining son to seek vengeance on the killer.
To say the film is “artsy” would be an understatement – every shot is stylised, almost every scene seems to be in slow motion, and there are so many different readings that could be taken away from the film, I still haven’t quite made up my mind what I think my interpretation of it is. For the first 20 minutes I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy the movie at all, but by the end I was impressed.
The violence in Only God Forgives is expertly done – if you get squeamish over that sort of thing, then this movie is really not for you. However, if you want to go and see a film that makes you think (regardless of whether you enjoy the movie or not, if you watch it from start to end you will definitely be left thinking through what you have seen), then go and see it. Or seeing as the release has been so limited at the cinema, get the DVD when it comes out and give it a go.
The acting is great with no exceptions, the directing is brilliant, and although nothing on Drive, the soundtrack is pretty nifty too.