35. Drive – Nicolas Winding Refn (2011)

First Viewing.

I knew almost nothing about this film before viewing it, and perhaps it was helped by the lack of expectations, but this really captivated me from the opening seconds. No doubt this was helped by the stunning editing of Ryan Gosling’s Driver passing through LA, at night, cut to Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx. It’s a great way to start a movie (I never thought I’d get to namecheck some CSS with this film either!) Drive draws heavily from the film noir genre – little dialogue, a femme fatale-ish character, a mysterious protagonist, and all kinds of trouble going down – but it also has it’s own modern style. I suppose you could compare it to Rian Johnson’s Brick with it’s composition of the contemporary and the old noir. I’m also really starting to be impressed with Gosling’s collection of work, I know he has done some mainstream stuff to pay the bills, but Lars and the Real Girl, Half Nelson, and the brilliant Blue Valentine are a fine trilogy (I’m looking forward to seeing The Ides of March at some point too.) The film never lags or feels bloated, despite the drawn out nature of some of the scenes, and it’s definitely one of the best contemporary movies I’ve seen in quite some time. The only downside to the movie is the relatively minor role Carey Mulligan has, she never gets much to say or do, and a little more interaction with Gosling would have been fun to see. Perhaps I was just hoping he could rekindle some of the electric chemistry he had with Michelle Williams, from Blue Valentine, back here with Mulligan. Nevertheless it’s a movie that cannot fail to impress.

Marks out of ten – Nine



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8 responses to “35. Drive – Nicolas Winding Refn (2011)

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  4. Finally caught up with this on Sunday night and really, really liked its pared down neo-noir feel. But then, James Sallis has written lots of books like that so some of the credit has to go to the source too. I agree completely that Mulligna’s role is a bit of a thankless one – in many ways the part played by Christina Hendricks is more interesting (if just as conventionally defined within the confines of the Noir genre) and in fact to begin with I didn’t even realise it was her. Also very smart to have Brooks play the hardman rather than Perlman – didn’t really see that coming. Shame about his toupe though. I hope he doesn’t wear off the set …


  5. It’s a really good movie, much better than I was expecting. I was expecting something more glamorous….Brooks as the hardman was a stroke of genius, he really had a great quality about him. As for the toupe, that was slightly less intimidating.

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