Lost River movie full length review - Lost River: A masterpiece of today's cinema
"Lost River": A masterpiece of today's cinema and one of my personal favorites, next to timeless classics such as: Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey", Akira Kurosawa's
"Red Beard (Akahige)", Fritz Lang's "Metropolis", Masaki Kobayashi's "Harakiri (Seppuku)", David Lynch's "The Elephant Man" or Paul Schrader's "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters". Also some of Cronenberg's work as well.
(English isn't my first language, so please excuse any mistakes.)
Ryan Gosling's directorial debut is asking the most important and most human questions of our time. The movie asks us to think our own thoughts, asks us to create a personal opinion about a few things going wrong in our world... questions about our fundamental values and "Lost River" asks us to feel about the biggest problems, challenges and threats many poor people are facing these days in our "modern" societies. The stunning visuals, the affectionate and caring audible environment = the beautiful & sensitive film score by the great Johnny Jewel, the whole cinematography + the magnificent performances of all the involved actresses and actors creates a unique, surreal but the same time deeply touching atmosphere. "Lost River": An exceptional composition of empathy and intellect, art like done by Giorgio de Chirico and Edvard Munch (symbolism, surrealism + empathy). This is truly one of the most humane and caring movies I ever saw. Like Kubrick, Gosling asks us questions without giving all the answers (which we are for sure waiting and looking for). I am pretty sure about that Stanley Kubrick would receive the same, mostly negative reviews for a movie like "2001: A Space Odyssey" today, as Ryan Gosling's "Lost River" received them sadly... . People of today want easy and for all very fast answers about just everything and if they don't get these answers immediately, most of those specimens of mankind will totally freak out, go crazy + (and that's really sad) also become aggressive because of that. Being asked to think own thoughts and to become more aware of yourself?, being asked to solve a riddle on your own?, being asked to create a very own personal opinion about something?, being asked to perceive the living conditions and personal circumstances of other human beings living next to you? ...it looks like the majority of today's "modern" people in 2015 are unable (or unwilling) to deal with something like that. Like Ryan Gosling's "Lost River", Stanley Kubrick's movie "2001: A Space Odyssey" would receive mixed to negative reactions by today's moviegoers and audience for the same reason... Mr. Kubrick would ask (like he did in 1968) basic questions of existence without giving all the answers, because he would create a stressful & challenging movie (in empathic, visual and intellectual ways), because he would ask for patience and self-reflection. Skills and values many of us obviously lost and which we are not willing or able to integrate in our today's life anymore... just where are we standing today, without all these (lost) skills and values? I mean in human togetherness (if something like this still exists)?
Like "2001", "Lost River" is asking for the best of you... your intellect, your empathy, your heart, soul and imagination. It's also a film about the reflection (mirror image) of most (fortunately, not all) of today's "modern" people... sad, selfish, shrewd in simple material ways, just hungry for taking advantage of someones misery, just hungry for making capital out of something, hungry for bombastic effects and fast-paced meaningless action, not able to think in more complex and more human ways, unable to empathise with each other anymore. Maybe it's no wonder many of today's moviegoers weren't able to understand the context... . "Lost River" thematizes exact all these kind of problems in a painful, heart-touching and personal way. The movie also offers and shows some solutions if you are ready to explore them and if you are willing to take a closer look: ...find your own values, keep fighting and keep caring for your family and its members = take care of yourself too and don't let others hurt you, self esteem, try to stay open-minded, find real friendships, love, accept and learn from the past, don't be superficial and take a closer look, stay open for a real relationship because you deserve it, try to create a better future. Exploring those solutions while watching the movie characters development is not only entertaining, it is also very moving and inspiring.
A masterpiece and future classic... an important film of today, one that bypasses verbalized pigeonholing. Like "2001: A Space Odyssey", "Lost River" is a special visual experience and far ahead of its time.