'Lost River' Trailer: Ryan Gosling's MindF*** of a Directorial Debut

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 16:38 Written by  iamrogue
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'Lost River' Trailer: Ryan Gosling's MindF*** of a Directorial Debut

The first trailer for Lost River will leave you scratching your head.

Our best look at Ryan Gosling's feature directorial debut mixes some stunning visuals, excellent actors, and general incomprehensibility to befuddling results.

As an actor, Gosling has established that he's full of surprises, pretty much always zigging when you expect him to zag.  As a director and writer, it seems that he's keeping with that style, channeling the surreality of David Lynch and the phantasmagoric morbidity of his own band Dead Man's Bones for a movie that looks almost defiantly pretentious.

The plot descriptions of Lost River, formerly titled How to Catch a Monster, suggest a kind of post-apocalyptic fairy tale.  The story follows Billy, a single mother who gets drawn slowly but surely into a strange fantasy landscape trying to save her childhood home in the virtually abandoned town of Lost River.  Her teenage son, meanwhile, loafs around and discovers a secret road to an underwater ghost town.

Mad Men MVP and Gosling's Drive co-star Christina Hendricks stars Billy, with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. standout Ian De Caestecker as her son, Bones.  The cast also includes ringers Saoirse Ronan, Matt Smith, Ben Mendelsohn, Barbara Steele, and Eva Mendes.

The film premiered at the oh-so prestigious Cannes Film Festival last year, but it was shellacked by seemingly every critic and treated like a punchline.

For a while after that, it's theatrical future was rumored to be shaky, but Warner Bros, a studio that wants very much to stay in the Gosling business (he was offered Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Joker in Suicide Squad) is still releasing Lost River in New York and LA on April 10th, when it'll also hit digital HD and VOD.

Maybe the critical vitriol aimed at Lost River can be chalked up to its daring qualities and Gosling's pretty, pretty face.

Erstwhile Doctor Who Matt Smith, who looks absolutely unhinged here, talked about the movie recently. “I loved the script. I think it’s very rare, particularly in Hollywood, that films like this are made. It operated on a different level. It has a dreamlike quality of magic realism. I’m very proud of it. I think they did a fantastic job in giving it an identity and life and tone that does the script justice,” he told Total Film (by way of The Playlist).

“There was great freedom, and he sets up an environment where you can take risks....I’m really proud of this film. I think because Ryan’s Ryan, people will always have a particular take on it, because it’s impossible for people not to go ‘we have to judge it because it’s the movie star that we know as Ryan Gosling.’ "

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