Monday, June 13, 2016

Only God Forgives (2013)

Only God Forgives is weird movie. I would almost say it is a great movie. But it tries to be too edgy few times and that took me off the mood. Mother was involved in all the edgy things I didn't like. She didn't need to be that edgy for the story. Movie had lot of graphic violence but my problems were mainly with what the mother said other people.

Mother wasn't only character using explicit language but she was only with whom explicit language didn't make sense. Dialog is saved to moments where it matters. Most of story telling is done with images and score. So out of place language jumps out. I loved the score. I also liked Drive's score. I have not seen the movie but I have original score. Nicolas Winding Refn's movies seem to have good scores.

Mother is not the only problem. First half hour doesn't work, Worst shots and editing are at the beginning. Everything gets better as movie goes on. First half hour feel like director tries to show how he is doing high art movie. Every camera movement look like it tries to tell something. Colors and shadows are overly used. Some shots only have one or two colors and lot of shadows and black.

Everything starts to work better when extremes are toned down. Part of working better is because at that point we know better what is going on and know the characters. But all is not thanks to it. After first half hour movie don't feel as much director trying to tell something with every color and camera angle.

Movie looks and sounds amazing. It dares to go to extremes. It doesn't work every time but when it works it is amazing. It works most of the times. I can recommend this to anyone who can watch challenging movies. I haven't talked about the story. Movie works better if you don't know where it is going. I don't want to spoil it.

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