This is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. It isn’t ‘so bad it’s funny’. This is made by creators who accomplished exactly what they wanted on the screen. The question is why?
Nicholas Winding Refn (director) and Ryan Gosling (actor) combined for one of my favourite movies of 2011, Drive. It was a bleak look at crime distinguished by the silence of the star, interesting style (colour and music) and shocking, sudden violence.
Only God Forgives is the distillation of bleakness, crime, style (colours and music), silence and violence by the same team. That makes it sound like the perfect movie for fans of Drive, but Only God Forgives discarded such elements as plot, character and suspense.
It might be a good piece of art, but it has no value as a piece of entertainment.
It has a couple of excellent trailers. They contain 60% of the dialog in the movie and 70% of the plot. You’ll get the bleakness, crime, style. It hints at the silence and violence. Watch those and then skip the movie.
My apologies to my brother. I made him watch it. But he is to blame for finding the trailer for me to begin with.