Donald Clarke

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Cheers and Boos at Only God Forgives

There are hoots and hollers at Winding Refn’s revenge thriller. We loved it.

Wed, May 22, 2013, 13:49


Ah, that’s more like it. There were genuine whoops and actual catcalls at the screening of Only God Forgives, Nicolas Winding Refn’s hyper-violent follow-up to Drive, at the Lumiere this morning. There have already been five-star reviews and one-star reviews. We loved it. The film is not short on pretension and (not that this is a bad thing) it swells with buckets of violence. But its exploration of Oedipal themes is deliciously plush and the mass of orchestrated violence is operatic in its sweep. Kristin Scott Thomas really excels as a mother who pushes Ryan Gosling, her blank son, towards ecstasies of vengeance.  At the press conference, KST commented: ”When I first read the script I was excited about playing someone far away from the upper-class thing that English people seem to love seeing me in. As we got nearer it got more and more despicable.”

Check out our full review in these pages shortly. We are definitely supporters.