While Drive might have been a huge success for both director Nicolas Winding Refn and its lead Ryan Gosling it seems their new film Only God Forgives is not getting the best reception.
The film has been shown at Cannes recently and during a screening loud boos and jeers could be heard coming from some sections of the audience.
One of the stars of the film, Kristin Scott Thomas, has also expressed her views saying; “Films where this kind of violence happens, I don’t like watching them at all.”
The film in which Gosling looks to avenge his brothers death is particularly violent.
“When one character stuck his hand inside a woman’s slashed body, the audience locked and loaded its boos. Gosling doesn’t have much to say in this movie, but the auditorium sure did,” said Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan.
Jeffrey Wells of the Hollywood Elsewhere website was pretty scathing of the film.
“Movies really don’t get much worse than Nicholas Winding Refn‘s ‘Only God Forgives’,” he writes. “It’s a sh*t macho fantasy – hyper violent, ethically repulsive, sad, nonsensical, deathly dull, snail-paced, idiotic, possibly woman-hating, visually suffocating, pretentious.
“I realize I sound like Rex Reed on one of his rants, but trust me, please – this is a defecation by an over-praised, over-indulged director who thinks anything he cr*ps out is worthy of your time. I felt violated, sh*t upon, sedated, narcotized, appalled and bored stiff.”
However some where a little more kind with Guardian writer Peter Bradshaw describing it as “very violent” adding “Winding Refn’s bizarre infernal creation, an entire created world of fear, really is gripping.
“Every scene, every frame, is executed with pure formal brilliance. I’m afraid it’s going to be even nastier the next time I watch it.”
You can judge for yourself when the film is out in the UK on August 2.
Source: Yahoo Movies