The cinematic elite, if only in their own minds, booed Ryan Gosling’s new movie, Only God Forgives, at the Cannes Film Festival. Maybe he should take that break from acting after all.
Apparently the film was too bloody and violent for the critics, and like mature adults, they booed. Here’s an excerpt from Vulture:
When Gosling drags a guy across the hallway by his upper jaw, the audience cringed. When one painfully long torture sequence concluded with eye and ear mutilation, the audience revolted. When one character stuck his hand inside a woman’s slashed body, the audience locked and loaded its boos. Gosling doesn’t have much to say in this movie, but the auditorium sure did.
I don’t know; that sounds pretty awesome. Sticking a hand inside someone’s body worked in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, so why not Only God Forgives? I’m not sure what critics were expecting from a movie titled Only God Forgives? Did they think that Baby Goose would walk off into the sunset and play tandem Skip-Bo with the bad guy? No; he’s got to die.
Only God Forgives sounds like Drive after a half-gallon of whiskey, and that’s a winning recipe for me.