People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different. In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all. Read on!
Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling have put together what looks like Drive set in Thailand.
As it turns out, Only God Forgives is not Drive set in Thailand. It’s mostly just a heady (some would prefer to say pretentious, I’m sure) film that never bothers to develop a single one of its large collection of interesting characters. It’s just there on the screen doing nothing but existing as a very stylistic and incredibly violent experience. If that’s what you want, then briskly walk out and see it. If you’re looking for any sort of depth or substance, though, then I recommend catching a different movie.
Sometimes a good looking film is just a good looking film.