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?