Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Only God Forgives Film Review- Mise-en-scene

Fig1: Only God Forgives poster (2013)
Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn, 2013

Only God Forgives, is one of those films which leaves the audience with questions. Showing elements resembling that of Stanley Kubrick's film, with the use of unique cinematography. Though one aspect that stands out from this film is it's beauty and stunning visuals. In the world of this film it is drenched in colour with vivid blues and reds, creating this somewhat neon nightmare, truly making it a standout from most. This excessive use of the neon, gives a psychedelic weirdness that breaks down the viewer's sense of realism in the film, and succumb to Refn's carefully created atmosphere.

Fig2: Neon lighting in club taken from film

 A theme that is noticed in this story is the use of Freud's theory on Mother and Son relationship, where the son craves for the mother's affection by killing father. As in this story Julian(Ryan Gosling) is totally emasculated by his vile mother Crystal(Scott-Thomas), who later reveals that he killed his father back in America. Other characters in the film, is chief policeman, who is portrayed as the righteous force that seeks vengeance on the terrible deeds done by other characters. There are cleverly placed moments where karaoke is introduced during the violence, that creates an unnerving binary opposition.

Fig3: Chang battling Julian, good vs evil

Fig1:Only God Forgives Poster (2013)

Fig2:Neon lighting in club taken from film

Fig3:Chang battling Julian

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sam,

    Don't forget that you are asked to support your discussion with at least 3 quotes...

    On a technical note, make sure that the film names are in italics each time you write them. Could you also not highlight the bibliography section, as it is really hard to read the light grey writing on the white highlighter. There is also some information still missing from your illustrations list, so look again here -

    On a positive note, well done for applying Freud's theories to your discussion - not many people have done that yet :)