It turns out that Lost River, the Ryan Gosling film formerly know as How to Catch a Monster, won't be making as grand a debut as some might have hoped.
From the look of it, people haven't been taking too kindly to Ryan's dark fairytale-esque attempt at directing, and distributing company Warner Bros. took note. After being widely regarded as a bold, yet unsuccessful venture at Cannes Film Festival, Lost River will only be released to theaters in Los Angeles and New York.
Audiences will see performances by Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Eva Mendes (The Place Beyond the Pines), Iain De Caestecker (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), Saoirse Ronan (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and Ben Mendelsohn (The Place Beyond the Pines). The film, shot in Detriot, focuses on the characters trying to make do in a bleak urban setting.
From the generally less-than-kind words from those who have seen the movie, it's clear that Ryan Gosling has forcibly pushed critics to one end of the spectrum. In the words of Time magazine's Richard Corliss:
...the movie still goes for the feverish and lurid. It will appeal to people who would rather be outraged than bored.
Still, there are some reviews that proclaim this to be a decent trial run and first attempt at the helm of the filmmaking ship. I mean please, this is coming from an actor with one of the larger and more experimental breadths of work in the industry. When handed a camera and budget, I don't blame him for going a little wild.
In the eyes of critics and studios his first attempt at filmmaking may not be worthy of a wide release, but since I live in Los Angeles I plan on seeing it anyway to form my own opinion. And, lucky for the Gos', I love being outraged.
[Lost River](movie:600461) will hit theaters in Los Angeles and New York in the early second quarter along with a digital day and date release.
If you haven't seen the confusing and strange trailer for Lost River yet, check it out below: