I consider myself a rather astute cinematic study and even I cannot fathom just what in the Hot Buttered Christ (HBC®) is going in this first footage from Lost River, Ryan Gosling’s surreal-looking directorial debut. From the feel of this minute (which, really, probably tells us nothing in the grand scheme of things) all I know is that Gosling is definitely following in the footsteps of Nicolas Winding Refn (with whom he made Drive and Only God Forgives) and not making an easily digestible piece of consumerist nonsense (like his pal Joseph Gordon Levitt’s debut Don Jon). Goofiest of all? The Doctor himself — Matt Smith — flexing his muscles as some sort of weirdo bully.
Gosling’s film reportedly follows “a single mother of two (Christina Hendricks) who is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town.” Weirdly enough, this initial footage doesn’t feature a single shot of Hendricks, but does give us a look at her son, Bones, played by Iain De Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) who certainly seems like he’s looking for…something. Meanwhile, Matt Smith is all about having peeps scoping about his bodacious bod. Check it out:
The official synopsis of the film goes:
“Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.”
The film is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this week. We look forward to reading reviews and finding out just when the hell we can see this bit of weirdness, too.