Would you punch this face?
Nicholas Winding Refn has moved from automobiles to bareknuckle boxing, but Ryan Gosling is still around, along with some flashy, neon colors. The first trailer was great; MVP honors going to Kristen Scott Thomas, clearly. If nothing else for having the gall to say she could possibly abort Gosling.
The story revolves around a family's Thai boxing club which is a front for a drug smuggling ring. We know Gosling can throw a punch after he decked Kevin Bacon in CRAZY, STUPID LOVE, but from the looks of the first teaser one-sheet, some defense training would have been warranted.
ONLY GOD FORGIVES is being released on July 19, which is only going to prolong the great lineup of summer 2013. The newest poster beats to a pulp everything that relies on photoshopped characters looking somberly in the distance.
My one gripe is the "Time to Meet the Devil" in the middle of the mouth. A black eye in an otherwise flawless idea.