Gosling has played this character before, but are we bored?
When Only God Forgives – one of Ryan Gosling’s moody thrillers – debuted at Cannes Film Festival, opinion was polarized. Some critics were sucked in by Nicolas Winding Refn slick style while others labelled his efforts as dull. If Gosling is more popular anywhere but America, though, it’s in England, and it’s in England that the film next lands.
Only God Forgives, coming to a cinema near you, August 2nd
We expect audiences to arrive at box offices in their droves to catch the latest glimpse of the pin up hero, who’s forging somewhat of a reputation for grumpy violence these days.
The film sees him play Julian - a drug-smuggler working and working successfully in Bangkok's criminal underworld. Things change, though – it’s what writers call conflict - when his mother convinces him find and kill the people/persons responsible for his brother's recent death.
Gosling’s name is being talked about in franchise circles, now, which could see the actor reluctantly sign his life away to a blockbuster movie. He’s already spoken on how he doesn’t like that style of working, but could a lucrative deal prise him and his principles apart? They don’t get more franchise-esque than Star Wars or Batman, but then again, they don’t get much more lucrative, either.
Here’s a prediction: British moviegoers are going to ignore the following reviews and see Gosling beat people up anyway, even if he only has a measly seventeen lines in the film.
The Washington Post did call it “fatally dull”. It was also “just about the worst ... thing I've ever seen” according to Vulture’s reviewer, and The Toronto Star said it’s “the least glamorous and also least interesting role Gosling has ever had.”
But you guys love Gosling, don’t you, so you’ll go see it anyway. It’ll be opening up alongside new Anime, From Up On Poppy Hill, The Conjuring, Red 2 and Paradise: Hope on August 2nd. Here's some more stills to further whet that appetite.
Can this face save the film?
Ryan Gosling and Yayaying Rhatha Phongam
Ryan Gosling and Yayaying Rhatha Phongam... again
Kristen Scott Thomas is in trouble
And he's gonna save her