Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Only God Forgives Review

After the success of Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn has moved into a more passionate of projects which was ready before taking the driving seat on The Driver. Refn is a director who has a divisive career with constant mixed receptions to his films which he welcomes with open arms rather than criticises or shies away from. Art is to penetrate, as he has said in interviews, and this Freudian piece is as penetrating as it can get. Drive may have received a standing ovation at Cannes but Only God Forgives mustered the complete opposite reaction of an audience booing its ultraviolence, many insulting it as a pretentious passion piece which is all style, no substance and pseudointellectual. Every frame is open to interpretation – it’s designed to have you questioning each detail within it and think about it. It’s an art piece that’s divided audiences but it’s a successful one because it gives you something to chomp on – whether or not those thoughts are positive or negative.

My Only God Forgives review on Cinema Chords. There's also my Nicolas Winding Refn interview.