Our collective (in our dreams) boyfriend Ryan Gosling's new film has been getting some backlash! Only God Forgives, directed by Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn, was met with boos and walkouts at Cannes. In an interview with Vulture, however, Nicolas appears to be making like the Honey Badger and not giving a... well, you know.
When Vulture brought up the passionate hatred for his new film at Cannes, Nicolas responded as if you'd told him you found a nice new lunch spot: "Oh, cool."
The Wrap points out that critics have referred to the film as "soulless," "suffocating," "pretentious" and "despicable." But this doesn't seem to faze the director; he says it's part of being an artist: "You know, great art — horrible thing to say — but art is meant to divide, because if it doesn’t divide, it doesn’t penetrate, and if it doesn’t penetrate, you just consume it."
Only God Forgives, which features mega-hunk Ryan as a drug dealer and boxing promoter, has been dismissed by critics with equal vitriol. The AV Club, for example, gave it this colorful description: "[Only God Forgives] amplifies the most off-putting aspects of [the director's] earlier work: the gratuitous sadism, the canned portentousness, the sub-Lynchian pools of red light, the nihilistic emptiness."
We'll reserve judgment until we get to see Ryan's lovely (and apparently kind of beat-up) face for ourselves, but do you agree with Nicolas? Should good art (and movies, by extension) be divisive?
(h/t: The Wrap)