Only God Forgives Green Band Trailer Drops Profanity But Retains Intensity

By Nick Venable 2013-06-14 16:05:30discussion comments
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Regardless of how the final product lands with me and with audiences, Only God Forgives could exist solely as a series of trailers and still be a moderate success. (I feel the same way about some of the trailers for the Baz Luhrmannís The Great Gatsby.) When the synthesizer hits in the middle of the trailer, the deep red lights make me think I'm in the middle of a David Lynch movie, but there isn't anything weird going on here. Just revenge thriller shit.

This new trailer from Yahoo! Movies, a green band clip no less, is just as powerful and intense as those that have come before it, even while offering up most of the same footage as the other trailers.

We get to see Goslingís numb face when heís told about his brotherís death, and heís told he canít go killing cops anymore. And itís good that he at least asked, ďWhen?Ē here, because just having him say, ďWanna fight?Ē at the end of these trailers has lost its oomph by now, and while I really like Gosling as an actor, his characters in the last few years are almost boring to watch when taken out of the filmsí contexts. Maybe Iím just being Kristin Scott Thomasí puppet here.

In fact, Thomas is still the dramatic human force behind these trailers, and that dinner scene is so heavily focused on, Iím thinking it must be one of her only big scenes in the film, though I certainly hope not. Her brusqueness is definitely welcome within a Nicolas Winding Refn film, or in any film for that matter. It would have given Bel Ami a different twist.

Ryan Gosling will attempt to get revenge for his brotherís death with the Cannes-polarizing Only God Forgives swings its machete through theaters on July 19.
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