With 2013 in the rearview mirror, it’s an appropriate time to look back on the past year. So my question for today is what is the biggest disappointment of 2013?
I know I’ll get some heat for choosing this from some bloggers, but I have to say Only God Forgives. I was anticipating the movie since Drive and the movie had a lot going for it: a talented director, a strong actor, and even Kubrick cinematographer Larry Smith. But Only God Forgives was the biggest disaster in cinemas the past year (please don’t hate me for saying this). It felt derivative of much better movies like Mulholland Drive and Eyes Wide Shut, not to mention at times seemed like a parody of Nicolas Refn’s past work with its overuse of stylized violence and action. Ryan Gosling, who played the Driver with awe and coolness, was stone-cold and seemed as mute as a statue. I really wanted to love Only God Forgives, but I just couldn’t.
But what about you?