'Only God Forgives' feels like a merciless practical joke played upon followers of Nicolas Winding Refn’s career, fans of Ryan Gosling, and perhaps most of all, moviegoers who flocked to their first collaboration, 'Drive.' It has the same glossy visual sheen as its predecessor and the same sort of impenetrable main character, but it’s almost nothing like that film, unless a throughline of deeply dysfunctional relationships counts. Rather, it’s much more similar — in style and technique, anyway — to Refn’s black-metal fever dream 'Valhalla Rising,' whose cryptic but bloody-as-hell exploration of spirituality repelled the filmmaker’s budding fan base after he wowed them with the Kubrick-esque festival-circuit favorite 'Bronson.'
But the differences are not simply a deliberate effort to antagonize audiences. Instead, they serve as evidence that Refn has the potential to be one of cinema’s next great voices, if only because challenging himself creatively is just as important to him as evoking a strong reaction -- be it good or bad.
Heading into the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, ‘Only God Forgives’ floated near the top of our must-see list because it marked the next collaboration between ‘Drive’ director Nicolas Winding Refn and his brooding star, Ryan Gosling. We knew little about the film beyond the fact that it takes places in the seedy, sleazy world of Thailand’s kick-boxing community. And Gosling’s handsome face was going to get kicked around … a lot.
What are the critics saying about Refn’s latest work? Some are warming up to it. Others are harshly dismissing it. Either way, it is the talk of the festival today.
With 'Drive,' Ryan Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn creating a haunting and brutal crime flick for the ages. The duo look to recreate that magic with the upcoming 'Only God Forgives,' which moves the action to Thailand but maintains their last film's slick style and uncomfortable violence. Three incredibly NSFW clips from the film have arrived and it certainly looks like Refn and Gosling are bringing their A-game.
'Only God Forgives,' starring Ryan Gosling before his "break from acting," is prepping to make its premiere at this year's Cannes, the same place 'Drive' debuted in 2011. The film festival is just around the corner (May 16), so to prepare you for what we're about to see, here's are two all-new trailers, featuring some pretty intense footage.
After the awesomeness that is 'Drive,' we're psyched to see what happens when Ryan Gosling re-teams with his 'Drive' director Nicolas Winding Refn. That film is 'Only God Forgives,' and now there's a red band trailer that points out it's going to be violent.
We're still unsure of when we're going to get a solid look at Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling's post-'Drive' collaboration, 'Only God Forgives'. The film is opening in May in some select overseas territories (France among them), and it's been theorized that it will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, also in May, but most of the globe is apparently going to have to wait patiently. Until it is made known for sure, we'll have to make do with some new photos. Find them all after the break.
You really can't find two more different films than the Ryan Gosling vehicle 'Only God Forgives' the blockbuster fantasy epic 'Jack the Giant Slayer,' but here they are, both existing side-by-side in the same post because one has released its first teaser footage and another has a new poster to examine. Check 'em out below!
It's bad enough Ryan Gosling lost the title of PEOPLE's "Sexiest Man Alive" to Channing Tatum, but now we have to see his heartthrob-worthy face now actually throbbing in the latest promo poster for 'Only God Forgives.'
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