There Are No Clean Getaways
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver seems to be trying to escape his shady past as he falls for his neighbor - whose husband is in prison and who's looking after her child alone. Meanwhile, his garage mechanic boss is trying to set up a race team using gangland money, which implicates our driver as he is to be used as the race team's main driver. Our hero gets more than he bargained for when he meets the man who is married to the woman he loves.
DRIVER leaves his apartment to the noise of Desire's "Under Your Spell", which has been nonsensically playing at Standard and Irene's party next door to the zombied joy of their guests. DRIVER looks to their door, to see if perhaps the staff at Pitchfork had robbed the place and left their iTunes playlist behind.
We pause for 4 seconds, as IRENE must calibrate her emptiest gaze in an attempt to convey longing, and match DRIVER's own highway speed emptiness disguised as longing.
We pause for 5 more seconds, IRENE has clearly sensed a staring contest has begun. DRIVER puts on his best Creepface to gain an advantage.
IRENE: Sorry about the noise
An Open Letter to Ryan Gosling,
So, first off, I'd just like to say that I really enjoyed your performance in this film. Had a real satisfying 'postmodern man with no name' kinda vibe to it. Nice one. Not so much with the Gangster Squad thing. I guess that was probably one of those projects that looked better on paper, huh? Hey, you win some, you lose some. I haven't seen The Place Beyond The Pines yet, but I'm pretty sure I'll like that one, too. You sure have come a long way since that bizarre tv show about the highschool on a cruise ship. Never really got into that one, but a jobs a job, right?
Breathtaking cinematography, and a stimulating soundtrack, work together to make Nicholas Winding Refn's Drive one of the most seductive pieces of cinema in recent years. Its polished neo-noir style is intoxicating, taking a lustrous Los Angeles skyline at night as a backdrop to its story of crime and revenge. Often criticized for its overuse of the pause, it is the film’s confident handling of tension and catharsis that makes it a silently powerful thriller.
Ryan Gosling is our hero without a name, the protagonist of a modern day fairytale, and on paper his story is simple. A mechanic turned stunt man and getaway driver, he befriends his neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan), and through helping her husband ends up inadvertently involved…
"I used to produce movies. In the 80s. Kind of like action films. Sexy stuff. One critic called them European." - Bernie Rose
Amongst the many joyous viewings of Drive that I've had over the past two years, I've never noticed how the cinematography makes it look like it's straight from a graphic novel. Every shot is glossed over with a vivid streak of emphasised colour that makes each of the characters look even more beautiful or even more ugly than they normally would. The pulpy nature of the plot definitely lends itself to this comic-book coolness, and evokes all of the superhero stories you ever loved. After all, as the tagline reads, 'Some heroes are real'.
I cannot imagine…
The tech writer John Gruber is fond of a Kubrick quote about the truth of a thing being in the feel of it rather than the think of it, a phrase that for me perfectly explains the appeal of Nicolas Winding Refn’s noirish adaptation of the James Sallis novel. Right from the first hotel room scene, through a near wordless 15-minute opening stanza, the foreboding atmosphere of an after-hours, back-streets Los Angeles takes hold. The ambient, minimal score by Cliff Martinez blends with deftly selected French electro-pop to deliver a moody, European sensibility that extends through the production design, colour palette and camera work.
Flashes of sharp violence punctuate the film but are short-lived, like those in the fairy tales…
A beautifully crafted film, with consideration in every shot and a kick-ass soundtrack. Winding Refn certainly earned his Best Director award at Cannes this year, helped greatly by the outstanding performances of Gosling and Mulligan. I'll definitely need to see this again, and while I'm not much a fan of ultra-violence I couldn't imagine it working any other way in this film.
Opera adrenalinica! La regia di Refn è nitida, accattivante, piena di trovate stilistiche. Ryan Gosling buca lo schermo.
Can I say this movie looked great from the previews, and that I read the novella before seeing the movie? Will that make me seem like less of a bandwagon fanboy? No? Okay.
I still love this movie, regardless of its newfound detractors for it being "too popular" in the cinephile crowd. Whatever. Refn's style is so over-the-top in every way I can't help but smile. It's nice to have folks like him making movies.
Yeah, still amazing
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Just a great movie, all around. Not a dull moment for the entire runtime. Very, very pleased with this one, lives up to the hype completely. I'd like to watch this again and again. I sensed a very AMERICAN GIGOLO-esque vibe, with the coolness of the lead character and the forbidden romance between Gosling and Mulligan, except DRIVE succeeded in some of the ways that GIGOLO faltered.
Really like this one, it has a great mood/tone/feel to it. The director and cinematographer did a fantastic job compromising the shots to have meaning. and i believe it had two different levels to it that made it better for me. The first layer being just the acting and the story, i found the acting to be great and the story was fun to see unfold and it was all enjoyable. But upon rewatching it i found it had lots of depth, the symbolism was really great and it helped boost the story. Also the soundtrack is amazing.
the perfect soundtrack.
I'll get this off my chest. This film is downright beautiful. The cinematography is some of the best I've ever seen.
Drive is a film where everyone gives their "A game". The performances are real and emotional, especially by Ryan Gosling. He has little dialogue in this film, but you can tell how he's feeling just by facial expressions. That is the sign of pure, raw talent from an actor.
Not only Gosling lends a magnificent performance. All these actors create memorable performances, like Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston, and Ron Perlman. If these actors' performances were lacklustre, everything else in the film would suffer.
This is director Nicolas Winding Refn's masterpiece. His direction is swift and subtle. His…