movie review; drive; ryan gosling

Media Monday…Drive (2011)

To be honest, this was a movie I stuck with because of the stellar reviews.  The first half is really slow.  Not bad, mind you, just slow.  Definitely brings to mind the 80s—has the vibe, the music, etc.  The soundtrack almost reminded me of Escape from New York, as did the noir aspects.  (Freakish aside…I’ll be damned, but as I was at the gym the next day, Twilight Zone by Golden Earring came on, and it could be directly inserted into this movie).

Anyway, then, at about the 50 minute mark, all hell breaks loose and it’s fabulous.  Seriously reminded me of Tarantino (so yeah, super gory), which was peachy keen with me, because Resevoir Dogs is one of my fave all-time movies, and Inglorious Basterds is ranking in the top 5.

Ryan Gosling was really good as the laconic everyman who’s anything but.  I think this may have been the first movie I’ve seen him in, and I was impressed.  Bryan Cranston was a fabulous (as always) weasely “manager”, and Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman were incredible as the baddies.  Carey Mulligan was nice as the female foil, but she didn’t leave me with much of an impression, so maybe I was missing something.

The violence is chillingly brutal and words few and far between, so much of the tenor and characterization occurs through action and facial expressions.  Even though this is an action movie (kind of), the pace is measured throughout, with intense bursts of adrenaline and a couple of fabulous crash scenes.  So, having said allll that, give this one a try if you’re a fan of Tarantino, you won’t be disappointed!!!