Capsule Movie Review: ONLY GOD FORGIVES

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by: Chase Whale
July 19th, 2013

Writer/Diretor: Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm
Official Synopsis: Ryan Gosling and the director of DRIVE, Nicolas Winding Refn, are back with this visionary Bangkok-set thriller. Julian (Gosling) is a drug kingpin tasked with avenging his brother's death, but a mysterious, unhinged policeman is following his every move.

Capsule Review: 

ONLY GOD FORGIVES: The most fartistic movie of the year.

The only thing going for it is potty mouthed Kristin Scott Thomas, who obliterates her innocence we've all grown to know. (Good for her.)

There's a great scene, which you can see in the trailer, where Gosling's Julian calmly asks his foe, "Wanna fight?" This is probably one of the coolest and most talked about lines before the film even released. But, the fight scene following is hollow, pointless, and not as exciting as writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn could have and should have made it.

But let's get one thing clear, Refn is the master at stylized violence and colorful photography - it's what makes his avant-garde style so great and unmatched. But ONLY GOD FORGIVES was too over the top - a love letter by Refn, for Refn.

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