I understand that this review will be very much on the defensive, trying to hold back the waves of hate that so many reviewers have for this movie. Partially, I feel as if this is down (largely) to 'The Independent', who have orchestrated a campaign of hate against 'Lost River'; even resorting to spreading lies about the cancellation of a widespread release. This, of course, is unwarranted. It doesn't take a genius to notice that critics were always going to attempt to ruin Gosling: he's an actor, and a damn fine one at that (Drive/Blue Valentine), but he's decided to direct a film as well. Shock! Horror! People are only allowed one talent in this country, goddammit; so Gosling must be a crap director. 'Professional' critics went into the film with an expectation, and projected the results of that expectation onto the film.
|Lost River - Beauty would be an understatement|
Our main protagonist is.... well... I suppose we have two main protagonists: 'Billie', and her teenage son 'Bones'. We follow their struggles trying to 'live the dream' in one of many 'Lost Rivers'. What follows is an odd, psychedelic trip as we track Bones's ongoing duel with 'Bully' (played by an absolutely fantastic Matt Smith) and his quest to travel to an underwater prehistoric theme park, whilst simultaneously watching Billie get dragged into a grand-Guignol - esque murder fetish club by a sexual pervert named, of all things, Dave. I just don't understand how one of the main criticisms of this film was the lack of originality!
|Ronan - A beautiful performance|
|Matt Smith - Simply stunning|
In order for a film such as this to maintain a narrative drive, it needs to have some sort of kick. The spontaneous cast members (locals whom Gosling improvised with) add a natural charm which perfectly complements the film. The murder - fetish scenes are hard to watch, and the language is profusely explicit. Violence, when shown onscreen, is pretty hardcore and the scenes where Bones observes what lies in 'Lost River' are distressing and frightening. It really is a thematically perfect film that delivers on all fronts.
In retrospect, I will admit that 'Lost River' has it's faults, but I will also proclaim to the heavens that it is an incredible cinematic odyssey! For now, we shall enjoy it as a treat, a midnight movie, a cult screening perhaps. In the future we will hail it as the misunderstood masterpiece it really is, and concede that, perhaps, critics can be wrong...
|Lost River gets 4 stars!|