Nicholas Winding Refn’s previous effort with Ryan Gosling resulted in the sublime Drive; as such, expectations for the pairing’s latest effort Only God Forgives are undeniably high. Fortunately yesterday’s red-band trailer gave every indication of fulfilling such expectations, showcasing the violent aesthetics that Refn has become known for.
Playing an exiled American running a Bangkok boxing club as a front for a drug business, Gosling’s wonderful laconic delivery, belying a clear cool intellect immediately engages. The film, described by Refn as a continuation of the Drive fairy tale, depicts the stylish visuals Refn so brilliantly demonstrated in both Drive and Bronson. Its juxtaposed ultra-violent visuals with the almost child-like song played produces an eerie, almost Lynch-like quality that heralds another fine effort from the director and his seeming muse.