Gosling gets roasted over di­rec­to­rial de­but

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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.

“Ris­i­ble”: Gosling and Hen­dricks at Cannes

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