Reviewed Mar 11, 2012
Leighton Trent’s review:
There will not be a cooler movie released this year. No question. Nicolas Winding Refn's European sensibilities mixed with odes to American B-cinema is sloshed around to perfection here. It runs on a bare story and script, but ts substance is the myriad of styles its evoking: from the Euro colors, to the 80's type vibe in the soundtrack, to the indie type smiles and silences, to the B-movie love applied to cars and jackets, gory violence, and really bad guys. It's a love letter to so many things and Refn's vision here is the honed machine driving it forward. It's sleek, so refined, internal in what's its doing. But how it does it is gorgeous: the music (and songs), the photography, the acting from each main character (Gosling down to Isaac and Hendricks), the sparse, but rupturing sound design. All come together perfectly. It's slick entertainment for adults and what glorious entertainment it is.