Drive-Review

            Driver (Ryan Gosling) is a Los Angeles stunt car man for movies, a mechanic at his agent’s shop and often works getaway jobs on the side. An emotionless loner, he one day notices his neighbor, Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her son, Benicio (Kaden Leos). Stranded at the market, Driver takes them and the car to the shop where he works. Even though Irene’s husband is in prison, she can’t help but start to feel connected to Driver and vice versa. Standard (Oscar Isaac), the husband, is released and is welcomed home to a celebration. When in prison, Standard owes fellow cellmate money and his friends come to collect, starting with a beating. When the lives of Irene and Benicio are threatened, Driver intervenes to save them. What will happen to Standard? Will he go back to jail for whatever crime the men wants him to commit? Will Driver and Irene somehow be together?

Review:

Three words…odd but satisfying. The entire movie kept these three words in my head. For one, I don’t usually speak of the directing (by Nicolas Winding Refn) but it was done very well. The way scenes would take their time to complete, such as, Driver’s slow reaction after a death scene or the music-less car chase. I loved only hearing the hundreds of horse power coming from the two cars and only that, no explosions or hit song distractions, just silence. Nice. I’m not a big fan of unwanted music in movies like in horror films when the music does more of the scarring then the scene, but the soundtrack for this film is awesome. It was a good distraction from the oddness but also a good bonus too; it reminds me of 70’s techno but more vibrant. I wouldn’t say that Ryan played an awesome Oscar winning role; I liked his character more than the acting. That sounds weird but that’s the feeling I get.  I liked his shy robotic-type attitude but turns into a different robotic one-track-mind killing machine. The beautiful Christina Hendricks, from Mad Men, plays Blanche, one of the thugs girlfriend and aide in the crime Standard and Driver must commit. She wasn’t shown a lot in the film nor was her acting super, even though I find her to be a great actress, the most memorable part is after the job is done and she is crying in the bathroom. I don’t want to give it away but here is another example of how well the Refn does a nice job with the effects. At first watch of the trailer, I wasn’t too interested because I didn’t really know or understand what the film was about. Upon viewing, the pieces slowing began to come together for the motive and purpose of the characters, especially the villains, played by Albert Brooks as Bernie Rose and his partner in crime and pizzeria, Nino played by Ron Perlman. Also for the record, I didn’t find them too terrifying as villains, sure they kill people but the essence wasn’t there like they were born and meant to be villains. Not like in comic books but in real life like, the “I don’t care, I get what I want” attitude. All in all, I will see this film again.

3 thoughts on “Drive-Review”

  1. Wouldn’t you say this film should’ve been nominated for best picture? Would you recommend this film?

  2. So far this year, I would say yes Madeira25. I would recommend this film for best director and maybe film but definitely director.

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