Only God Forgives
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Julian (Ryan Gosling), an American fugitive from justice, runs a boxing club in Bangkok as a front for his drug business. His mother (Kristin Scott Thomas), the head of a vast criminal organization, arrives from the US to collect the body of her favorite son, Billy. Julian’s brother has just been killed after having savagely murdered a young prostitute. Crazy with rage and thirsty for vengeance she demands the heads of the murderers from Julian. But first, Julian must confront Chang (Vithaya Pansringarm), a mysterious retired policeman - and figurehead of a divine justice - who has resolved to scourge the corrupt underworld of brothels and fight clubs.
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The film looks absolutely beautiful. The framing, and the use color and movement, it's some of the best that I've seen on film. Much like Nicolas Winding Refn's previous works, every shot is very well put together, and all of the elements in the frame are meticulously designed. Everything you see in every shot is where it is supposed to be. Nothing is accidental in the visual storytelling. Though it should be said that when comparing this film to his previous films, this movie plays out nothing like them. This movie is very much it's own beast.
Unfortunately, the plot and the characters just were not interesting to me. Much of what happens later in the film is foreshadowed, and this might have been what kept me from getting too interested in the story. Also part of what took me out of the story was the violence. With his previous work, Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn kept the violence very brief and startling. In Only God Forgives, the violence tends to be very protracted and made a major focus of the film. It's actually so violent that it caused me to get fatigued with the film towards the end. And looking at some of the critical complaints of this film, I was not the only one.
Now the film does have a very slow and methodical pace to it. This is intentional, and not something I mind. It's actually refreshing to see a movie able to take it's time with it's storytelling, rather than blowing through the script like they need to fit a 300 page screenplay in a 90 minute film. But the story for me just wasn't worth it. I never felt compelled to want to know what happens. So most of my entertainment came from seeing the visuals.
So I would not recommend this movie based on it telling a compelling story. I would also not recommend this movie for anyone sensitive to any sort of onscreen violence. I would recommend it to see the filmography. It is a very beautifully shot and paced film. The story it tells just falters for me. I really wanted to like this movie, much like I loved Drive and Pusher, so it kinda guts me that I can only appreciate one facet of this movie. But ultimately, this is a movie that it seems like people need to make up their own minds whether they like it or not, because it was never designed to be everyone's cup of tea.
The film isn't dialogue heavy nor is very action oriented but instead focuses on the strange characters that inhabit its world. some of the violence is senseless (as it is in real life), sexual themes bubble up and sometimes the character's actions are impulsive. All of this creates a gritty world filmed in a way to make you the viewer feel like a voyeur watching from a dark corner.
Director Refn's work here is pure B-movie genius presented as mainstream high art and I believe that may be where the disconnect between critic and film comes. "only God Forgives" is a strange, twisted film that looks at broken people guided by a sense of justice warped by their varying levels of morality (or lack of) who collide in an unsavory place with nasty consequences. There is no grand plot, just characters, conflict, a series of events and a conclusion - all served presented in beautifully shot dark scenes wrapped in neon city lights and dreary sunlight.
If you are looking for a film with a message, amazing acting or a fantastic action film you should pass. This film is definitely for those of us who stay up late, watch crazy films and wake up the next day with a smile asking "was that movie real?"
If you're going in expecting to see another Drive, then you are going to have a very bad time, this is a completely different kind of movie and isn't anywhere as near as accessibly. But if you enjoy movies that are very stylized, go at their own pace and tell some of the story through what some may consider unconventional means, then give this movie a shot.
True art should evoke strong emotions. I was sickened by what I witnessed in this film but I do not believe it gratuitous in the sense of gimmicks or exploitation. Violent solutions are messy, disgusting, and more often than not the violence is contagious.