I WATCHED ONLY GOD FORGIVES LAST NIGHT
I think it’s fantastic.
I’ve wanted to see the film for some time but I’ve always held off in the fear that I would agree with the majority - that it’s hollow and pretentious. I recently saw Drive with similar expectations and instead found that I thoroughly enjoyed it. From that moment, I knew I had to see Only God Forgives. Not because I was expecting Drive 2 but because I appreciated the director’s style and so I wanted to see what else he was capable of.
It’s refreshing to see a film in 2013 that doesn’t necessarily look and sound like a film released in 2013. It doesn’t follow contemporary trends. The cinematography isn’t generic. The music doesn’t resemble something scored by Hans Zimmer. Instead, it moves at a deliberate pace and I was constantly reminded of one of my favourite horror films, Dario Argento’s Inferno, another film which is less about plot and more about stylised lighting and people walking around slowly to the beat of a distinctive score. It’s a modern arthouse film, abstract and bizarre and unlike any modern film I’ve seen in recent memory.
I’m not surprised in the slightest that the film has divided people, although I can certainly see it being re-evaluated in years to come. If a film like The Fountain (a film which I do consider pretentious) can develop a cult following and gain respect with time, I see no reason why a masterpiece like Only God Forgives shouldn’t.