Hooniverse Goes to the Movies – Drive

//Hooniverse Goes to the Movies – Drive

Hooniverse Goes to the Movies – Drive

The weekend has come and gone. We went to the movies, so what follows is our speed review of the new Ryan Gosling film Drive.
The movie starts off with a great opening sequence showing how Gosling’s character works as a wheelman. Well shot, great music, great scene.
Then the rest of the first half is painfully slow. Gosling and the lead female interact in the most awkward manner. I thought the rest of the movie was going to seriously blow until that chick’s husband gets out of jail and needs help. The latter half of the movie is shockingly gruesome, but in a pretty awesome way. The audience actually gasped then started laughing at the first real gruesome kill because it was so unexpected.

The actual driving scenes are cool, but only take up probably 35% of the flick. The lead character does drive a pretty badass ‘73 Chevelle.

  • Bryan Cranston – great in the flick
  • Albert Brooks – great in the flick
  • Ron Pearlman – Ron Pearlman in the flick (enjoyable)

The shots sometimes venture into just-graduated-from-film-school artsy, but the music sets a pretty cool tone for the LA Noirish scenes.
Overall, this is a decent rental if you can get past the first half – definitely should become a cult hit though. By no means is it a great film despite what some may think. (We got an email asking why we haven’t reviewed the film yet – despite not reviewing movies … ever. Also, the email said it was a great movie.)
Have you seen it? What did you think?

By |2011-10-03T12:00:31+00:00October 3rd, 2011|Reviews|33 Comments

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  1. SSurfer321 October 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    I went and saw "SENNA" this weekend instead.

    • engineerd October 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      I saw it a few weeks ago. Absolutely impressive!

      • SSurfer321 October 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm - Reply

        One of the best documentaries I've ever seen. It ranks up there with Dust to Glory, Endless Summer and Step Into Liquid. It's on my MUST BUY list, whenever it gets released.
        and the Mrs. loved it too.

        • Max K. October 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm - Reply

          The filmmakers did a great job with Senna. Not your typical, look at people talking about a subject, documentary. The entire film is compiled of Senna footage which is refreshing.

          • engineerd October 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm

            Exactly. They used interviews specifically for the movies very sparingly, and more to set the tone for what was going on. It was extremely well executed.
            Also, SSurfer321, I *loved* Step Into Liquid!

          • Jeff_Glucker October 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm

            another plus one for Step into Liquid.

          • SSurfer321 October 3, 2011 at 5:52 pm

            If you haven't seen it, Dust to Glory, was done by the same writer/director.
            [youtube _B6N-jXoFvM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B6N-jXoFvM youtube]

      • LTDScott October 4, 2011 at 7:04 am - Reply

        I really enjoyed Senna, but for me there was always a sense of impending doom. I know Senna's general story, but I've never been a follower of Formula 1 so I didn't know which race was the end for him. The gloomy music just made me constantly wonder when it was finally going to happen, which brought the mood down for me.

    • vwminispeedster October 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      Going to see Senna in an hour in SLC!!!

  2. dukeisduke October 3, 2011 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    A badass '73 Chevelle? That sounds like an oxymoron.

    • Jeff_Glucker October 3, 2011 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      Indeed it does… but check out this story on why the car makes perfect sense for the movie: http://jerrygarrett.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/driv

      • dukeisduke October 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm - Reply

        The '73-'77 Chevelles never got much love, except for the Laguna Type S-3 models.

      • P161911 October 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm - Reply

        So get a '73 SS 4-speed 454, strip off all the emissions crap, add a cam, better heads (maybe), and bump up the compression and it would beat all the earlier ones, especially in any curves.

  3. muthalovin October 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Now do Senna! If you are going to start reviewing movies, that is.

  4. Cherokee Owner October 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Saw it, loved it. It's been a while since I've seen a film with violence that was actually shocking. (As opposed to gratuitous, PG-13ed or unintentionally humorous) It's probably the most mature film out this year that's not an Oscarbait drama.
    I get why you guys didn't like it though. The trailer was definitely misleading — it's much more a thriller than an action film. Still, it's better than the glut of sequels and franchise films that've been out this year.
    If you want a palate cleanser though, track down a screening of "Bellflower." Far more violent/shocking, has flamethrowers, features a Volvo with a booze dispenser, and co-stars a 1972 Buick Skylark named "Medusa."

    • Jeff_Glucker October 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm - Reply

      I've seen that car in person. Dying to see the film.

  5. engineerd October 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    "Gosling and the lead female interact in the most awkward manner."
    So, the first half of the movie was about me in junior high? (OK, and into high school.)

    • mudmonster October 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      Or me at this moment of time

  6. dead_elvis October 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    I made the mistake of seeing Contagion this weekend, instead of Drive. As a public service announcement, I'd highly recommend NOT going to see Contagion; despite a promising premise & cast, it was booooring.
    And not enough cars.

  7. guest October 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    this movie isn't for run of the mill dipshits who think its going to be an unrefined schlockfest of pulp chase scenes and one liners and gratuitous titty shots. go watch fast and furious if thats what you want you fucking morons. this is one of the best movies centered around cars ever made. your inability to recognize this, and the fact that you will in the future when someone either explains it to you, or you figure it out after growing out of the same bullshit thats recycled over and over, thats just pointing out how far behind the curve you are. gosling is brilliant, and if you dont see it, that sounds like a personal problem. haters can fuck off.

    • Jeff_Glucker October 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      …says the guy hiding behind a "guest" account.
      Man, you are really upset that we only kind of enjoyed "Drive"

    • Alcology October 3, 2011 at 3:21 pm - Reply

      so you're saying he does show his abs in this flick? I wasn't sure but after your glowing review his abs must be out the whole time

    • dead_elvis October 3, 2011 at 4:59 pm - Reply

      What's wrong with gratuitous titty shots? Charles, help me out here – I think this guy could use your perspective.

    • Kamil_K October 3, 2011 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      Hey, we could use more angry guys around… welcome, promise to speak the truth.

    • Van Sarockin October 3, 2011 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      No, this movie is for a select group of elevated and refined dipshits. Which still leaves most of us out.

    • tonyola October 3, 2011 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      Switch to decaf, dude, and see a doctor about your Tourettes.

    • Number_Six October 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      Drive Angry!
      <img src="http://t.qkme.me/35264y.jpg"&gt;

    • MrHowser October 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm - Reply

      Are you Ryan Gosling's publicist?

      • Devin October 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm - Reply

        I think if we find out that someone broke Ryan Gosling's ankles with a sledgehammer we'll know the culprit.

  8. Spencedaddy October 3, 2011 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    Drive was possibly the greatest movie I have ever seen…
    and I hate "artsy" stuff..
    this was perfect in every way for me

  9. Eggwich James Dio October 3, 2011 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    I saw Bucky Larson two weeks ago. Oscar-worthy.

  10. HycoSpeed October 4, 2011 at 10:34 am - Reply

    How does this compare to a Smokey and the Bandit II, which I could also afford?
    <img src="http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRxcTTmtB4hR7Tn5_O2Fw4ls7Y9ytVGvg8Dt610vf6tCb-mDojn0l3EhbCI_w&quot; width="600">

  11. Jimmy October 5, 2011 at 8:32 am - Reply

    So was I the only one who noticed he was somehow changing gears with both hands on the steering wheel?…oh, and then later he was changing gears going in reverse…I liked the Chevelle because it wasn't a generic cliched muscle car but c'mon it's not that hard to get simple[but essential] things like that right…is it?

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