Things that I love, for your viewing pleasure.
Last month when I posted my thoughts about the movies I watched in June, I asked what I feel is an important question in my write up for A Space Odyssey: ”Will a movie this ambitious ever see the screen again?” Let me be clear. There are great movies that come out each year (I may be reaching here), but a movie is never objectively great. For better or worse, greatness is subject to our own bias and interpretation. So in my case, 2001: A Space Odyssey is great because I am drawn to its ambition. I can say that after tonight, I have hope. I have hope that ambition isn’t dead. I have hope that every so often, an artist will have the courage to be vulnerable, and to give some credit to the consumer. Tonight I was given hope by Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives.
Only God Forgives is refreshing, daring, dense, surreal, and perplexing. It demands to be accepted on it’s own terms, and it is unflinching in its delivery. The mood is unsettling, and often frightening, and it isn’t concerned with keeping you comfortable. If you are willing to give Only God Forgives the chance that it asks for, you will be rewarded with a film that gives respect and credibility to the viewer, and hopefully reinvigorates your love for cinema during a time where hope is all but forgotten.