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Only God Forgives (2013)
"Deliciously Dark" and Not to be Missed
I can't add too much that Yaldish's nice review didn't have, but felt compelled to review this film because of its deliciously dark and beautifully lit nature.
The plot is not complex, but it is very well explained through the use of imagery. This film made me ask the question, "why do we need so much dang dialogue in films?" Why oh why do we need to hear people endlessly talking? I haven't seen anything like this film in a long time. The lack of dialogue, and stunning visual imagery only makes me want to see more films like this. I simply did not want the film to end.
Not sure how else to put this, but if you are a lover of good film, you should not miss this. I put films into 2 general categories in my mind, the ones that are popular to the masses, and the ones that are popular and influential with actual filmmakers. This one is definitely in the latter category. I for one, very much applaud Refn. I am sure it is not easy to get funding for a cutting edge film such as this, and you have to applaud the high end actors as well. I am sure this was not a huge payday, but they recognize a special script when they see one, and are astute enough not to miss out on what is a wonderful piece of art.
Don't miss it, some of the best stuff on TV
TV simply doesn't get much better than this. The writing is superb, and the actors are all spot on. I feel the lighting/cinematography could be better, but i'm sure they had budget issues. They have gone for a realistic feel in the show, and have executed it superbly. All aspects of the show from the political arenas to the gangster scenes, feel as if you are really there. It does such an effective job of really pulling you into these worlds they have brilliantly created.
The first season is just absolutely unmissable. I rank this slightly below the best stuff on TV, like Boardwalk Empire and Dexter, yet it outdoes even those shows in certain respects. Don't miss it, and enjoy!