Movie of the Day – Drive

Drive.  I could go at length about how amazing this film is and how it was a damn travesty that it wasn’t nominated for more Oscars other than the sound mixing one which was just a meager bone thrown to the fans of Drive.  I guess that is why I am posting about it today, to make a point about how unbelievable this movie is.  Sure, the movie is made out to be this Fast and Furious clone, which I guess if you are in it for the car chases, you won’t enjoy this movie.  Hell, some lady sued the people who made the movie because the trailer made it seem like a action film.  While I that lady should kick rocks, I guess that might be a deal breaker for a lot of people.  If you can look past this “flaw”, what you will fine is one of the most dynamic films that is a genre mash-up like no other.

I don’t throw around the term “sexy” a lot unless talking about actresses, some male actors, or mainly just actresses, but Drive is a sexy looking movie.  Everything from the cast (Gosling you baby faced man), the setting, the music and action exudes this glorious glam and glitz feel.  Director Refn pulled off a layered and complex film that challenges are perception of the modern day hero with a lead that harkens back to the days when a man didn’t need to say anything to get a point across.  It’s a minimal script capped with brooding and seething performances from all the players and the violence is both elegant and shocking.

I could go on at length about this movie and in fact I could write a whole other review on the film just about the music and setting.  But I won’t since your times is valuable and I think you just need to go out and rent or buy this film immediately.  I own it on Blu-Ray and have seen it at least 5 times since owning it and it’s only been out for like 2 weeks.  It was/is one of the best movies of 2011 and shows that Gosling can shift gears and play something other than an emotional, vulnerable love interest.  He has had an incredible year, especially with The Ides of March and Drive is the film that sadly got overlooked come awards season.  So for now, I have linked to my original review for your enjoyment.

It’s rare when I will come out and say “that is a perfect movie”.  Everything just vibes and connects so well that it’s a seamless experience watching the movie.  I love having my expectations altered in the movie and the play on the genre was refreshing and changed the game for me.  I have been impressed with Refn’s previous movies and this is no exception.  Refn take the simplistic genre of action and car chases, injects it with this European sensibility and gives us one the most stylish movies of year.  Shocking and beautiful violence, electro-pop soundtrack tempo, strong character types, and an unconventional genre skewing film all produce one of my favorite movies of the year.  click here to continue

About Nick
I am just another blogger putting his thoughts into a website. My love is movies so most of my musings will be movie related. I work as an online marketer for an advertising company and when I am not earning a paycheck, I moonlight as a vigilante film blogger.

4 Responses to Movie of the Day – Drive

  1. Pete says:

    Can’t wait to see this sexy-ass movie. Wish Lovefilm would hurry up and send it to me!

  2. Frank Bishop says:

    Almost rented Drive based on your review, ended up getting Anonymous because I’m well… Shakespeare fan here.

    Speaking of movies overlooked, How did Harry Potter lose out? Streep got best makeup over Voldemort, really??

    • Nick says:

      I am still in shell shock about that who Iron Lady winning anything ever, as evident by the extreme delay in responding to comments. The Iron Lady won makeup for making British people look more British. DUST THOSE POWDERED WIGS BETTERS

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