Ryan Gosling Directorial Debut Skips Theaters

Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River will be skipping theaters in the United States. The film which premiered in May 2014 at the Cannes Film Festival received mostly negative reviews although it did create a buzz not only because of the director but also the comparisons between this production by Gosling and other outre filmmakers. Some critics even believe that this could potentially create a cult following for the film. Now Warner Brothers, which purchased the rights to the movie back in 2013 at the same film festival is planning to release the movie on home entertainment platforms instead of on the big screen.

Gosling not only directed the movie but he is also credited as one of the script writers for the project. The movie was filmed in Detroit and was at one point titled, How to Catch a Monster. Lost River is being classified as a fantasy drama film which stars Eva Mendes, Matt Smith, Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan and Iain De Caestecker.

The movie revolves around a single mother who finds herself in a dark underworld due to economic difficulties and at the same time her teenage son is left to take care of his younger brother. In an effort to help his mother with money he ends up in trouble with one of the town’s bullies and eventually he finds a road that leads to an underwater town. Lost River focuses on a family that is fractured and struggling in a city that is basically in ruins. The city is filled with sexual predators, thugs and an assortment of other demons. One reviewer said that the movie was basically a violent and dark fairy tale.

Although Gosling’s directorial debut will be skipping the theaters, fans of the actor turned director will have the opportunity to watch the film when it is released on video in April 2015. Much discussion has surrounded the film since it was viewed at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival in particular from reviewers on social media. After the viewing many individuals took to Twitter with reactions that were less than favorable. While the reviews on Twitter were underwhelming, more professional reviews were also less than impressed with the outcome of the film.

In one review, a reviewer said that the movie would leave a viewer feeling unfulfilled by the film and its content. There were also mixed reviews about the actors and the characters they portray in the film. One reviewer however did have some positive comments in regards to Gosling’s efforts. In the review although there are dull moments mentioned there is also a sense that Gosling wanted to make an art film and was able to succeed in that regard. Another reviewer said that the work was one of a confident filmmaker who was willing to experiment.

Fans of Gosling who want a chance to catch his directorial debut in Lost River will have the chance in April even with theaters being skipped. In April the film will be available for viewing through video streaming, DVD, video on demand and other home entertainment platforms.

By Kimberley Spinney


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