7. Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011) I told Ryan, “We’re going to do a movie about a man who drives around in a car at night listening to pop music because that’s his emotional relief.” He was like “Cool, let’s do it.” And that’s how the film got started.(N.W.R)
Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn
Dop. Newton Thomas Sigel
Finally got around seeing this movie and I’m really disappointed in myself for putting it off for as long as I have!! Anyone who’s done the same should really take some time to sit down and really watch this movie and let it take you where it takes you because WOW I loved every second of it. Director Nicolas Winding Refn really hit the movies themes spot on! “Drive” is based on a book written by James Sallis and it’s about a Hollywood stuntman- mechanic guy (that only is addressed as “Kid” or “Driver”) and a getaway driver by night. Ryan Gosling really is deserving of the praise he receives because despite having very little dialogue his performance as driver really was a huge highlight and really interesting to watch. The music by Cliff Martinez is amazing at capturing the films essence! The soundtrack for this movie is one I enjoy very very much. The songs that were played are songs that I personally love to listen to so it was really neat for me to discover that they were used in this movie! I love how the story takes place in Los Angeles (hey waddup!). The story, the acting! Gosling did so fucking good playing a silent hero type and I just loved watching him on screen!! His character is so good and we hardly know anything about him! This is what I love about the movie, it’s no origin story, you just get placed in his world and go from there. It’s very easy to digest. I loved the direction in this ***spoiler***, the elevator scene is definitely my favorite scene, the fact that Driver was maliciously stomping on the henchmen’s head and didn’t stop after he had lovingly kissed Irene was insane to watch! I was like what the fuUUUCKK!!! Directory Winding Refn showed minimal “gore” but it was so extremely affective. He showed the henchmen’s squashed head only for a second, and that’s all it took to leave a lasting shock to the viewer and I love the symbolism behind the elevator scene! He was kissing her goodbye and then unleashed his “true” self to Irene, then the elevator door shuts. ***end of spoiler***. If you want to watch a great thriller with amazing cinematography, I mean this entire film shows (CONT)
- I'm giving you a night call to tell you how I feel.
I want to drive you through the night, down the hills.
I'm gonna tell you something you don't want to hear.
I'm gonna show you where it's dark, but have no fear.
One of my highlights of last year was without doubt discovering Drive. One of the most perfect films I've ever seen.