It’s been hailed as one of the best movies of the the year. Earning Nicholas Refn, the director, the Best Director Award at Cannes. But is Drive worth the 10 dollars?
Drive had had terrific potential, brilliant acting, a tight script, fabulous cinematography and a haunting score. It truly is a near perfect movie. Because the movie is so elevated it made the flat parts much more noticeable.
In the movie Ryan Gosling plays a unnamed stuntman, bandit, hero, lover-boy of sorts, and he plays it well. There is a austere gentleness that he unleashes on the screen a character that audiences haven’t seen since the 70‘s in classic Westerns. What stands out about Drive is that you pay attention to the character’s body language much more since there is not much dialogue. You are caught looking at the subtle nuances of the soft glances between hunk Gosling and Carey Mulligan. The chemistry they have together is touchingly sweet and sincere.
In Drive Ryan Gosling has two distinct personalities which the film mirrors. Drive is a mixture between an indie romance and a neo-violent action thriller. The soft brown eyed boy with a heart of gold and a murderous head bashing psycho “hero” are polar opposite of one another. That’s what Drive feels like at times. One minute you are driving your car in a beautiful green pasture. As the road continues you are transported into a desert then back to the green pasture. Wouldn’t make sense, right? The point being movies books, and music are best with continuity. Yes, Drive did have its more violent parts, but violence doesn’t bother me. Every work of art should be have continuity. When you watch a Tarantino movie you know instantly from the dialogue that the movie is over the top and the camera angle’s and violence complement his artistic vision. They are supposed to be dark comedies and violence and cursing go hand and hand with his scripts. This movie answers the long asked question “what if” John Hughes had done a romantic comedy/ mass murder movie.
Its a art that the director has to figure out for himself what he can show in a movie and what he can’t. When you are watching a horror movie people are more scared from the idea of the monster, rather than the monster itself. Nicholas Refn, the Director of Drive, said on film making “It’s about penetrating emotions into a audiences and letting it sit with them.” Drive is a fantastic movie, well worth the 10 dollars. Mr. Refn, has achieved his goal, its still sitting with me.