Ryan Gosling is into cars: he’s a mechanic, a stunt driver and a getaway driver. But, this film is not a high-energy, action heist flick. It’s a slow, gloomy, violent crime drama. His ill-fated attraction to Carey Mulligan sets the unfortunate circumstances in motion, again, very slowly. Gosling plays what he’s best known for: a brooding and intense man of few words, but it’s Albert Brooks (cast against his comic type as a mob boss) who’s the most fun. Director Nicolas Winding Refn loves these intense films (“Valhalla Rising” was his last), but this one is trying too hard to be modern noir and feels heavy-handed and pretentious. Still, it’s a darkly compelling experience.
Gay Angle: No flesh from Gosling and nothing else about it is remotely homo.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.