Posted by: ckckred | August 18, 2012

Drive: The Most Electrifying Film of the Year

With fantastic performances and great direction, Drive is one of the best films of 2011

Editor’s Note: For some reason, I never wrote a review for Drive.  I don’t know why, seeing how I really loved the movie.  So, to do justice, I’ll write one now.

First off, let me just say the advertising job for Drive is pretty terrible.  The poster made it look like some cheap direct-to-DVD horror movie and the trailer made it look like a Fast and Furious movie (this prompted a woman to sue the filmmakers because of the misdirection, the stupidest court case since someone sued McDonalds because their coffee was too hot).

The advertising gave audiences the complete wrong idea of Drive.  Drive is not really a slam bang car chase film like The Fast and the Furious, but an elegant movie that’s one of the best of the year.  Some people didn’t like the film, probably because they expected it to be like an average car chase flick (the woman I mentioned before must have expected that) and not a real serious drama.  This sort of logic doesn’t make any particular sense to me, as when I saw Drive, I liked that it was a real state of the art movie instead of a forgettable Saturday night film.

Drive is about about an unnamed driver (Ryan Gosling).  Like Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name, we don’t learn much about the Driver, other than that he is a stunt man for action films.  He grows comfortable with his neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her son Benecio (Kaden Leos), which is strange seeing his cold personality.

Irene’s husband, Standard (Oscar Isaac) returns home after being in jail.  Standard isn’t angry at the Driver for getting close to his wife, but sees a golden opportunity. He suggests to the Driver a one million dollar heist idea.  After this, the film takes off, as the Driver decides to help Irene and Benecio, who become endangered later in the film.

The movie’s greatest strength is the performances.  Ryan Gosling is fantastic as the Driver, and Bryan Cranston (of Breaking Bad fame) is good in his role.  But who really steals the show is Albert Brooks, who plays a producer of cheesy action films and a villainous gangster.

It really annoys me that Drive was completely snubbed at the Oscars (apparently Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a better film).  Not even Albert Brooks got a nomination.  But awards don’t matter.  Drive is a movie not to be missed. If you’re looking for an enjoyable film, watch Fast Five.  If you’re looking for a film you’ll remember for years on, watch Drive.

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Responses

  1. I’m Not The Biggest Ryan Gosling Fan, But I Simply LOVED “Drive”!!! Albert Brooks Should Have WON An Oscar, Let Alone Been Nominated. But The Oscars, Anymore, Are A Marketing Scheme, Not A True Award. So I’m Fine With Them Not Getting Any Noms. A Great Flick, Fo SHO, Sir.
    I Love Your Write-Up.
    Nice Piece Of Work, Sir 🙂
    -B.

    • Thanks! I’m not giant Ryan Gosling fan as well, but he was great in it. I have no idea how Albert Brooks couldn’t get nominated, but the Oscars really don’t matter on a critical scale anyway. It’s a great film, and I absolutely loved it.

  2. I’ve got to admit, that I didn’t see much greatness in this film the first time I watched it. Even after watching it a second time, I’m not as in love with it as you are. But I did really enjoy it both times and I loved certain aspects of it. I agree that it was better than Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Good review!

    • Drive isn’t really a film for everyone, and I’m glad you liked it as well. I liked Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, but it did not deserve its Best Picture nomination, especially over Drive. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Nice write up buddy. Drive is simply brilliant and it’s always nice to see more love for it. 🙂

    • Thanks! It was one of my favorites of 2011, and I’m always glad to hear how much people love it.


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