Man, you totally sold me on this. Gonna have to try and catch it this week.It's pretty amazing how expectations can affect things. After being really astounded by Bronson and especially Valhalla Rising, I couldn't contain my excitement when Nicolas Winding Refn announced he was going to be releasing Drive. But the film didn't nearly meet my expectations, I should go back and watch it again but I pretty strongly disliked it.
So, after hearing nothing but really negative things about Only God Forgives, I went in not expecting a whole lot at all. I thought it was spectacular. I totally get why it's been a really poorly received film, though. It's very alienating, incredibly violent, and the script is laughable at times. But this film is impeccably made - stylistically it reminded me a lot of The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut, of all films (I later found out the latter was shot by the same person). There were several scenes with very little dialogue and drawn out stares between characters, something that can become almost farcical if not done right, but it was really affective in this. The score and sound design were absolutely harrowing...the characters were these petrified shells that rarely spoke, but when they did it was often with complete silence around them, reminding me of David Lynch at times as well. Vithaya Pansringarm played one of the most ruthless villains in recent memory, and Kristin Scott Thomas was sensational as the crime family matriarch. This isn't a comfortable film to watch. It'll make you squirm several times throughout. But go into it with an open mind and let it overtake you.