February 27, 2014

Red light


Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2013). Lynchian Bangkok, in corridors and nightclubs. Is Nicolas Winding Refn more interested in setting – cities – than character? Like the Los Angeles of his less experimental, less violent Drive, his unnervingly quiet Bangkok is nocturnal, in red, blue and yellow lights. The acting ranges from catatonic to catatonic, dialogue is minimal and every frame is art. The dedication is to Jodorowsky, which explains all the severed arms and hands. Nicolas Winding Refn should direct the next James Bond film. Seriously.