Excerpt: For the record: I ABSOLUTELY HATED "Drive" (2011) -- Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn's first film collaboration. I thought "Drive" was slow, underwhelming, and FILLED with hackneyed dialogue. (Listen to it!) I thought it was silly and OVERRATED (and yes, a little gay). I thought Gosling was a walking-barely-talking piece of wood -- and I hated the '80s-esque music. (That "Real Human Being" song SUCKED.) In short, I hated ALMOST everything about it....
Summary: Ryan Gosling plays a crook Bangkok. When his brother is killed, his mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) arrives to demand revenge. This was directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, who worked with Gosling in "Drive." I pretty much hated that movie too, but at least it had some velocity. The pacing here is glacial (with the long pauses eliminated, it would be 20 minutes long). It's painfully pretentious and intensely serious.
Summary: Vithaya Pansringarm is the batman of Thailand in this insipid, "art-movie" wannabe, from Nicolas Winding Refn. Objectively this movie is laughable with unrealistic characters, and violence (Refn wanted it to look realistic, but it is exactly the opposite). The plot is not much to talk about, basically a boring revenge scenario. The visuals are nice, dream-esque, but nothing new or nothing that would add to the content of the movie.
Summary: Beautiful colors, beautiful music, beautiful shots, beautiful actors. Isn't this a lovely way to waste an hour and half watching a movie with nothing going on, interrupted only periodically with some senseless violence and culminating of course with nothing? Meh.
Summary: Wow! This is dramatic. I just saw this movie last night with a group of 8 total. All they knew was Ryan Gosling & the director of Drive were back. 2 of them downright hated it, 2 didn't care for it, 2 loved the cinematography, & 2 (including me) loved it. I thought it was an awesome experience. I say experience because this is not your average Hollywood spoon-fed movie. You have to think. I loved that the director played with all of my preconceived notions.
Summary: Nothing can save this horrendous, disgusting, painful, piece of smelly trash called "Only God Forgives". Besides being completely incoherent, the movie is like one big stare contest among a group of idiots. It is going to be tough to beat this for worst movie of the year.