Great cinematography and imagery but overly gruesome
20 October 2013
Summary: Positives: Great performance by Kristin Scott Thomas who stands head and shoulders above the other actors. Stunning cinematography and imagery - the dragon wallpaper in the apartment is visually spectacular. Downsides: Quite slow. Overly gruesome. No likeable characters.
Summary: As the ultimate mother/bitch from hell, Kristin Scott Thomas proves you can take the trash out of the trailer park but you can't take the trailer park out of the trash... She just drags it around with her creating hell wherever she hauls up. The moment I saw the dedication (to Alejandro Jodorowsky) I had an idea what I might be in for with this flick and I wasn't far wrong.
Summary: Once again, Refn makes a bold impression. The cinematography, music and production design is all so impressive. I was well absorbed, and tense throughout - the sense of menace is vivid. A great genre piece, I just wish for a little more in the way of script, and less in the way of explicit violence. Whether this might transform it into a lesser film, i'm not sure. As for The Gos, I know he has the chops but i'm not sure he's extending himself in this.
Summary: Violent, beautiful, choreographed, cold, distant, thoughtful, philosophical... I love Refn's work. 'Drive', 'Bronson' and the 'Pusher' trilogy are superb, but this is a tough one to like. It sure looks gorgeous, but if it's Hollywood cliche you're seeking - go see 'Fast & Furious 26' instead. Right from the start, when Gosling's bro says "Time to meet the devil," you're in the world of dreams, fable, metaphor - whatever. It's art-house cool.
Summary: Aika taiteellinen elokuva. Ajoittain raaka, mutta raakuus on esitetty visuaalisesti taiteellisella tavalla eikä brutaalisti. Goslingin suoritus on taas hyvin samanlainen kuin roolinsa yleensä.