Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


September 7, 2013

Four summer movies from off the beaten path

The summer is much more than Superheroes, sequels and reboots. In our end of summer wrap we take a look at four films that didn’t involve buildings getting toppled.

Ryan: In 2011 the combination of Nicolas Winding Refn (director) and Ryan Gosling produced the best film of the year, Drive. Hoping to recapture that magic I watched their latest indie drama, Only God Forgives (R). In Only God Forgives, Gosling stars as a Bangkok drug dealer who seeks retribution against those responsible for his brother’s untimely death.

Drive was a very deliberate movie and that plodding pace didn’t sit well with every moviegoer. It might not have seemed possible, but Only God Forgives takes that deliberate pace to a whole other level. The movie only clocks in at 89 minutes but it feels like twice that with a pacing that defies cinematic logic. To say this movie moves at a snail’s pace isn’t capturing the full lack of energy of this movie. It’s not a complete bore, with Kristin Scott Thomas delivering an against-type of performance that is noteworthy, but its hard to argue that Only God Forgives isn’t a disappointment. Final grade: C.

Andy: The film The Spectacular Now (PG-13) is a teenage coming-of-age story about a reckless, directionless high school senior who falls for a girl who changes his perspective. Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley star in this latest film from the writers of (500)Days of Summer. James Ponsoldt directs.

If the summary of this movie’s plot sounds a bit trite, that is because it is. The writing credits and the actors involved lead you to believe that this movie is going to be a little more than it seems, but it actually ends up being almost exactly what it sounds like.

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