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Too Old to Die Young is unlike anything else you'll see on TV this year.
Take this for what you will, by the time the piece rolled around to the murder-porn plotline and a nameless girl buried alive in the New Mexico sands by two pornographer brothers, I was... ready to bolt.
It remains to be seen if the show can make its many variables gel, but there's an inherent intrigue to watching the story in medias res and still find that it offers some measure of closure in its final moments.
An aesthetic so nonchalant that every murder and rape feels like a casual shrug; a deadpan performance from Teller that would easily win a children's game of musical statues.
Perhaps when I've been through all 15 or so hours of the series I'll conclude it adds up to very little. But I've gotta admit, I want to see where it takes me.
I have plenty of reservations about its increasingly convoluted, self-destructing themes, but this is definitely a unique TV event.
Too Old to Die Young makes a little go much longer than one might expect, sticking to the center of its moral compass while plunging south.
So yeah, the length. It's not the episode duration that's the problem, but how little happens and for how long in each 60-80 minute instalment.
I've employed it as a brooding mood: the sensation that much film noir brings; it's fatal but the watcher, or in this case, largely listener, it's not the one who dies. Does any of this elevate Refn from trash to flash, what justifies his sinister glam[?]
[Too Old to Die Young] perhaps demands a high dose of patience, but once the entrance is crossed, it is one of the most stimulating and gloriously failed parties. [Full Review in Spanish]
The final chase sequence of episode 5, set to Barry Manilow's Mandy, ranks as some of the director's best work of all time. From the pulsating score to the beautiful lensing, Too Old To Die Young is a challenge to sit through but ultimately a unique one.
Audience Reviews for Too Old to Die Young: Season 1
Aug 23, 2020Too many unnecessarily long boring takes that neither flex film making prowess or enhance the narrative. The camera is too often just following the characters' mundane movements. Like Only God Forgives it is an example of excessive indulgent style over substance. Sadly the cool trend setting aesthetic that worked exquisitely well in Drive has worn its welcome.
Aug 15, 2020After a long silent pause... He says nothing but just looks at you waiting
Jun 28, 2020outstanding directing and cinematography.
May 28, 2020It's C movie bad. It's like some rich guy let his aspiring deadbeat filmmaker son make a movie. There's long dramatic pauses in between all the dialogue. It's hilarious! Yuck.
May 14, 2020Masterful. We can't just end there? Alright. This is Nicolas Wending Refn... Still need more? Really?! Fine. This show draws you into it's atmosphere further and further with each slow pan that views like a moving painting, the acting is charismatic, with my personal favorite performance being John Hawkes. Also, Hideo Kojima is a ninja and he slices a dude with a sword. If arthouse isn't your thing, this may not be for you but look how much everyone likes it! It's emotionally compelling, funny, violent, and above all, GORGEOUS. 10/10.
Apr 26, 2020AN ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE
Apr 26, 2020By far the best show on Amazon, so it will probably be cancelled. Too good.
Mar 24, 2020I was waiting for new nwr and just found this show, didn't know it existed. This show has genuine gems if you stick through the slow pace. Nicolas winding refn fans will not be disappointed. They will be very happy. Non nwr fans will most likely hate this
Jan 25, 2020Great show!! Love the car chase in episode 5.
Jan 18, 2020Plodding, agonizingly slow mess.