Gosling gets roasted over directorial debut
Why do they do it? Some actors, such as Tommy Lee Jones, whose The Homesman played to general acclaim here in Cannes, wait a respectable amount of time before launching their directorial careers.
Ryan Gosling has, however, rushed headlong into his first feature and the results have not been pretty. Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes and Matt Smith star in Lost River, a class of neo-noir that suggests the actor still has some growing up to do.
Hendricks plays a woman who, in hock to the bank, is forced to work in a club that features sadistic cabaret acts. What age are you, Gosling? 12? (He’s 33, apparently.)
The reviews will not have made happy reading for Ryan. Justin Chang at Variety wrote: “Had Terrence Malick and David Lynch somehow conceived an artistic love-child together, only to see it get kidnapped, strangled and repeatedly kicked in the face by Nicolas Winding Refn, the results might look and sound something like Lost River, a risible slab of Detroit gothic that marks an altogether inauspicious writingdirecting debut for Ryan Gosling.”
One might argue that, having started out as an actor, Gosling may receive less leeway from the critics. On the other hand, if he weren’t an actor he would never have got to make the film. These are the swings and those are the roundabouts.
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