Loved it so much. My film of the year.
He's a great actor
Troll, silly me
This isn't the reason i love the movie, but she's adorable isn't she?
Perfect, just perfect. Probably go see it again.
It was incredible.
but it's not on at my cinema which is annoying. The soundtrack sounds so sweet also, reminds me of GTA: Vice City
This song ... Good lord, this song.
Agree about the song, it gave me proper goosebumps in the movie. Also, the scene in the lift was amazing.
was approached to do the soundtrack to this. It didn't get used in the end but he's gonna release it as something else. Cool interview about it here:
Still haven't seen it but I'm glad it's getting some attention, guess I was just a little too early:
Gosling is one of the best young actors out there, for sure
anyone seen the Pusher movies? Supposed to be good
Stylish and suspenseful, but a bit all over the place too. It's a shame it's been so hyped.
My thoughts (in case you have a spare couple of minutes: http://bit.ly/phYK6c)
I really liked the film but I agree w/you on the subject of hollowness. That stopped it from being excellent. I love plenty of films that are thrilling and not much else but I felt like this one kept suggesting that the viewer should be emotionally involved and I couldn't empathise with the main character at all.
The violent bits were shocking enough. I was wondering why it was an 18 until about halfway through. Urgh!
Also the bottom half of Ron Perlman's face is massive on a big screen. When he first appeared I fell out of the chair.
Yes, Ron Perlman has a massive face!
but it really didnt look the same on tv
i think her part was probably underwritten rather than it being her fault but then again maybe that was just part of his kind of superficial relationship w/ reality idk
forget everything you saw in the Fast and the Furious franchinsing - here the tension is real. Well deserved the award for best director in this year Cannes edition.
Gosling's performance is just mesmerising.. I was hypnotised by the first 20 minutes, the gorgeous Italo soundtrack, the serenity of it, in places it was like you were being anaesthetised by violence. I think it sorta tails off a bit though
for passages of that film I was as moved and transfixed as I've ever been sat in a cinema - any scene where the two protagonists are together, hard not to cry, even when they'd only shared a few minutes screen-time and hardly any words - how a film-maker can achieve that I'll never know
The score was by Cliff Martinez. Check it out.
but really didn't get that myself. I think the sparsity of the dialogue and the characters is precisely why I like the film. I much prefer little hints and nods that allow you to fill in the gaps yourself and personally thought Gosling and Mulligan struck just the right tone.
It's out today, apparently.
I liked the fact that all the relationships were subtle and understated whilst the violence was the complete opposite.
Which made the experience all the more intense but what a film! I wasn't sure where it was going for the first 20 mins or so and started to wonder why it was an 18 and then BAM!
Downloaded the soundtrack as soon as I got in.
...but i was pretty surprised to see at least 3 pieces from The Social Network soundtrack. Not least, 'Hand Covers Bruise', the signature theme.
Sometimes i found it hard to concentrate on the dialogue as the music was pretty constant, and brilliant for the most part.
The soundtrack is incredible, and it looks amazing. Really want to see it again today.
Seriously. It's like Rain Man with claw hammers.
"There are three things I don’t do: oven mitts, sunglasses, and condoms. I experience life fully and deeply. Sure I’ve got third degree burns, crows-feet, and Chlamydia, but I can also look at myself in the mirror with respect."
Would read again
he brilliantly discovered that the character was mentally retarded and can not see that the film is visually striking, where time and space are managed in a way that few other action movies did.
In a humorous fashion, the writer picked at the film's heroic self-importance, shallowness, pretentiousness and inconsistencies.
I actually quite liked Drive (less in retrospect, but I certainly enjoyed it on a visceral, aesthetic level when I was watching it) but equally I enjoy funny, well-written diatribes.
The inconsistencies pointed out are especially weak.
and wondering whether maybe the film didnt really communicate what it wanted to communicate adequately
but i mean then theres writing a review like this and complaining that someone in the movie seems smug so who knows
or if he actually thought those things were problems
I'm all for pointless contrariness and calling films out on their pomposity or inadequacy but this is all just a bit sad. Casually mentioning his hardcore drunk driving adventures, a couple of shock factor rape jokes, relentless use of the word hipster, talking about how he'd totally smash Ryan Gosling's face if only he had, like, a window of opportunity and a brick. Tongue-in-cheek or not, poor quality ranting. 2/10.
P.S. Is this you or did someone else have the same great username idea? http://twitter.com/#!/EvaWiseman
its not a good review its just kind of depressing
that is the second Guardian-related mention of my username I've seen in the last couple of weeks, some guy said it in the sports section too. I've had this since like 2008, for real!
This has been my favorite movie this year. My only concern comininto see this was that it was going t be cheesy. Thank God that didnt happened.
Totally ace. Best film I've seen this year.
Saw this yesterday, just going to echo what everyone else has said. Fucking brilliant movie for so many different reasons.
Also I love Carey Mulligan more than anyone else.
which made me sad becase I was so looking forward to it :(
The tension in the opening sequence was spot on and in general I thought the pacing was brilliant. But I just got a bit pissed off with how ridiculous some of the silences were - maybe because I'm a mouthy dickhead who would've been like, "WELL DON'T SAY THANK YOU THEN" to this guy (I don't know why I'm trying to put myself in this movie, I'm way overthinking this). I guess all the people in this film were too intimidated/turned-on to pull him up about it. Fair enough.
My sister thought it was shite.
what a film!! I felt like a pimp with the soundtrack on driving to work this morning as the sun rose... felt really connected with the car...then a prat in a Toyota Yaris cut me up and i got stuck in a traffic jam
(get the soundtrack of isohunt.com if you can't buy it at the moment)
the watch was a Patek Philippe
Everything about it was great. As mentioned above by DK, I loved the sparsity of the dialogue. It made me feel a bit unsettled at first, but I that's a good thing - and it made the characters and their interactions all the more compelling.
Blatantly going to start carrying my jacket over my shoulder and get myself a job lot of toothpicks.
If anyone can direct me via PM to a link to the soundtrack, that'd be mega....was going to buy it of iTunes but from Daniel's post above it would seem that's not an option...
It's the physical format that doesn't seem to be on sale anywhere.
You could always get it on import from Amazon US? http://tiny.cc/epyjn Although, I guess it will be available here sooner or later.
I'll grab it form iTunes, cheers.
I liked it a lot. The imagery and the soundtrack were beautiful and lush. If I was to make a comparison, I’d say it was like if Michael Mann was to remake Fistful Of Dollars, and like the Leone films, I didn’t find it shallow, just unafraid of leaving things unsaid. I did think that there would be a little more driving in it though.
Cracking film though.
Animal Kingdom, perhaps?
do you know me? fuck off.
Hope we don't run into each other in a lift!
Was good, but wasn't half as good as it could have been. I don't think I've ever seen so much slow motion
Don't have much to add, but what a brilliant film. I can't remember ever having left the cinema so tense. Having only seen the TV trailer, I was expecting a pretty bad action film and got completely blindsided. As has been said, it's got a stunning soundtrack that complements the other 80s signifiers nicely. Did anyone else laugh at the end of the elevator scene, when he's staring at Carey Mulligan?
one thing I wondered about, the bit in the lift where they kiss, did that actually happen? its just the lighting went all weird, it lasted ages and it just seemed odd given the guy in the lift was their to kill them could have quite easily, wondered if it was supposed to be a daydream fantasy type thing, theres a similar shift at the end where you think he is about to die but then he wakes up and drives off, die he really die or something
Him not blinking was a nod to the competitions he had with the child I think.
Could have ended ambiguously before the blink. The blink followed by the final two scenes - Mulligan deciding she wants him but it being too late - and him having already returned to doing what he does, driving - prove it for me.
Viggo History Of Violence style?
that he just turned up off the street one day and asked for a job. I took that as he's been on the run or in a similar predicament before...
the mechanic says he just turned up and asked for a job and was awesome, i figure he drives from place to place, settling down then getting mixed up in things due to his line of work/principles and extracating himself before moving on to another town
what a don
It was absolutely incredible
I thought it was very good, very enjoyable.
HOWEVER....it has it's limits. I think it's simplicity is it's strength and downfall. The script was decent, the performances were good (although I thought Gosling was just playing dim for the first half...not exactly Clint Eastwood). But if you compare it to the heavyweight, transcendental tragedies of say, Michael Mann, it doesn't quite stand up any of his best work. The characters, for one, are a bit undeveloped. Yeah, it works fine for the film, but compare it to say the multi layered, rounded performances from almost every character in Heat....
that said it was nicely shot, the score was great (love Cliff Martinez, has done a lot of work with Steven Soderbergh) and the action was rather thrilling.
But I'd still take pretty much any Mann film of the same ilk over it any day. As for film of the year....gimme a break.
music was driving the film. I think there was an interview with Gosling where he says Refn walked around on set with a pair of headphones on crying. Brilliant.
Still underrated all these years later. Best use of Moby in a film ever. Let's hope they never make the video game.
I had coffee with McCauley HALF AN HOUR AGO!
Clear a three-hour window, buy Heat and walk away like you're the kind of man who rents books on metals.
but this is up there with Ruthless Reviews as my favourite review so far: http://thehairpin.com/2011/10/drive-an-illustrated-response?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+thehairpin%252FBdYj+%2528The+Hairpin%2529
but the film was pretty disappointing. Whatever it was trying to do, it didn't manage to, which was the same with Bronson actually.
It reminded me loads of Michael Mann's 'Thief', as in it ripped that and quite a few other films off. But it didn't really do enough to get out of the homage zone (like Tarantino manages, most of the time)
There were some great moments and shots, and pretty much all the performances were spot on, but it was just too self-aware, the ultra-violence was entirely pointless and crass for the sake of it, and it was neither hollow and action-y enough to be trashy fun, nor emotionally...er...good...enough, to do much of anything else. Shame really. Sweet soundtrack though.
And even though it's supposed to be humorous....it actually hits a few things on the spot.
was Scorpio vs Scorpion. C'mon!
started watching this tonight. Stopped after about 25 minutes.
not film of year or anything, but good fun stuff!
Like because I fell in love with him in the first 20 minutes. He is so fucking cool and so hot and I just want him to bone me even though he did what he did in the film.
I thought it was really really good but I can't really say it was the best film of the year as I can't remember what I've seen and the year isnt up yet.
Imma buy the soundtrack later as it was great. It was the kind of film where I didn't want it to end as I just wanted to sit and watch Gosling being a super cool mofo for hours.
and didn't contain enough driving.
it was nearly brilliant but something was a bit off at some points. don't think it was as good as Bronson. not film of the year I don't think.
but I'm not sure what mood I was supposed to be in:
smiling at Ryan Gosling's beautiful face at sunset with lovely fuzzy music
and I was the only person in the cinema, apart from a couple that showed up late and then walked out after about 20 mins.
To be fair, the viewing I saw did start at midnight.
I want that jacket.
i really wanted to like it but it made me roll my eyes a lot. it was still fairly enjoyable but every five minutes there's something really jarring that reminded me i was watching a movie. it'll sound bad, but all the slow motion and the dialogue and the clothes are like a 15 year old directed it.
the screenplay could've turned out well, but i feel sad that a film as heavy-handed and self-conscious as this can be so well received. it's so derivative of 1970s crime films that i think it has to be compared to them, but the execution is so poor in relation. it just feels so thoughtless and empty in every respect; the acting was good but the casting was so lazy - when the characterisation is so minimal you need to spend more time picking the right actors and not just going with TV stars and familar faces. the lack of attention to detail really killed it for me; everything about it. i think missed opportunities are always the most painful and this really hurt (as much as watching a movie can hurt).
oh well eh
'it's so derivative of 1970s crime films that i think it has to be compared to them, but the execution is so poor in relation.'
There's actually some substance behind the originals, but this is fairly shallow. His only other film I've seen is Valhalla Rising, and that had pretty much the same pluses and weaknesses.
Just watched it. Automatically can't help but like any film that's really nice to look at (bit in the supermarket - amazing, felt like print-screening at loads of times throughout the film cos it'd make a good background) but everything else was great too.
robocop 1 is better.
in the home theater of a plump German boy while his parents were away. Bass turned well up, lights out, crystal clear digital projection, and when Nightcall came on after that amazing opening sequence I pretty much couldn't contain myself...chills and everything. I loved the entire film, felt like it was pretty much like a superhero comic book, every single shot could've been a comic frame, and the minimal dialogue fit. But I feel like watching it again would be a bit disappointing and that everything would fall a little flat. I think it's a really cool film but needs to be seen under the right circumstances and in the right situation to be fully appreciated, and therefore I doubt it'll stand the test of time and become a classic, but will definitely be a cool, cultish film people in the future still will enjoy