I got to see Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives” on its opening night, and as it has happened to me before at Angelika Film Center in New York, the director showed up after the movie to speak about it (one of the reasons I love NYC!).
The movie surpassed even “Drive” in its level of graphic violence, enough to make you cringe. Aside from that, the artistic side of the movie definitely deserves attention. From its exotic Bangkok setting, to the use of beauty of women and art to level off the fight scenes, and the fact that every scene was filmed in chronological order with enough space for the actors to improvise, it’s quite special.
The post-movie Q&A was conducted by Leslye Headland, a.k.a. the director of “Bachelorette.”
When someone asked Nicolas why he casts angelic-like, “beautiful” Ryan Gosling to act in such violent movies, the answer was short: “Ryan looks sexy violent”. Hey, Girl.