ONLY GOD FORGIVES Blu-ray Review
A couple of years ago, DRIVE won the collective hearts of film critics and further cemented just how damn handsome cool Ryan Gosling can be, even when he barely talks. The man behind that film, Nicholas Winding Refn has made his followup film to the vehicular thriller. Only God Forgives also stars Ryan Gosling, and is going to be a much different experience from what Drive was.
Only God Forgives reunites the vision of renowned director Nicolas Winding Refn (DRIVE) with Ryan Gosling in a gritty thriller set in the seedy underbelly of Bangkok. Julian (Ryan Gosling), an American fugitive from justice, runs a Thai boxing club as a front for his drug business. His mother (Kristin Scott Thomas), the head of a vast criminal organization, arrives from the US to collect the body of her favorite son, Billy. Julian’s brother has just been killed after having savagely murdered a young prostitute. Crazy with rage and thirsty for vengeance she demands the heads of the murderers from Julian. But first, Julian must confront Chang (Vithaya Pansringarm), a mysterious policeman—and figurehead of a divine justice—who has resolved to scourge the corrupt underworld of brothels and fight clubs.
The film written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. The film was produced by Lene Børglum, Sidonie Dumas, Vincent Maraval, Ryan Gosling, Christophe Riandee, Brahim Chioua, Tom Quinn, Jason Janego, Michel Litvak, David Lancaster, Gary Michael Walters, Matthew Read, Thor Sigurjonsson, Yves Chevalier and co-produced by Jessica Ask and Jacob Jarek.
- Audio Commentary: Writer/Director Nicolas Winding Refn and Moderator Damon Wise provide a very thorough commentary discussing the film’s style, themes, the picture’s evolution, filming locations, the plot, the characters, and tons more. One thing Refn can do is stretch a simple thought into an extremely detailed anecdote and it is always some great information.
- Director Interviews: Two different segments that are informative, but not as informative as the commentary.
- Behind the Scenes: A pretty thorough exploration of the making of the film and there’s some short featurettes thrown in for good measure.
- The Music of Only God Forgives with Cliff Martinez: The Composer shares his thoughts on his work for the film.
It’s important to know that Only God Forgives isn’t Drive. If you go in expecting that, you’ll be sorely disappointed. That’s not to say that this is a bad movie because that is the furthest thing from the truth. It’s different, that is all. It’s driven by a great performance from Gosling but carried by an even more amazing performance from Kristin Scott Thomas. The character of Chang is also done incredibly well and all three roles make this movie unmissable.