Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River has had quite a bumpy journey. The film was originally entitled How to Catch a Monster before it was changed to Lost River, and when the film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May, it was almost unanimously loathed. The audience, and critics, were foaming at the mouth to see who could trash the film more. Warner Brothers acquired the film rights back in 2013, but after the disastrous screenings this year, they quietly shelved the movie. And on the hypothetical shelf it’s sat, collecting dust.
Today though comes word, via Variety & Collider, that Lost River is finally going to be released! Just not in theaters. Warner’s will dump the film via home entertainment, meaning DVD and (likely) VOD, sometime in April.
Even though it’s a shame the film is getting such an undignified release, I’m thrilled it’s finally coming out, as I’ve been DYING to see this thing. In all honesty, every single negative review I’ve read for the film has made me want to see it more. At the very least, I have a feeling the film will be interesting, and I’d rather have an interesting failure over a boring slog any day.
The cast of Lost River includes Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith, and Saoirse Ronan, and the film tells the tale of a single mother (Hendricks) swept into a dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers an underwater town. Sounds weird! I can’t wait!