Drive is pretty much my kind of film. Slick, cool, stylish. From the hot pink opening titles to the retro music soundtrack it’s got a very 80s vibe mixed with 70s Car flicks and is reminiscent of Nicolas Winding Refn’s last film “Bronson” which also had an 80s ish style and soundtrack. He is really hitting his stride with these movies which has made me go back to his earlier work to discover such gems as the “Pusher” trilogy. I think Nicolas Winding Refn is going to be a very big director if this film and “Bronson” are anything to go by.
Ryan Gosling, the man is unrecognizable as this character for it’s such a silent brooding type of role like that of a hitman or driver like in “Vanishing Point”. It’s a change from his other movies and I quite like him when he’s not talking.
The music in this compliments the movie rather than the other way round where the movie compliments the music as it was in the movie “Hanna” which felt more like an extended music video. Refn has that ability to blend picture with music and knows the importance of telling the story and giving depth to characters with these song choices.
The characters in the movie are like something out of the western. I might even suggest that if you replace the car with a Horse you’re pretty much there with Gosling as a drifter and him riding off into the distance like “Shane”.
Favorite Quote: “From now on, every word out of your mouth is the truth or I’m gonna hurt you. Do you understand?” Driver