Thursday, September 15, 2011
The neo-noir film "Drive" is receiving a lot of attention after a dominating debut at the Cannes Film Festival and winning the Best Director prize for Nicolas Winding Refn. It can be debated what film is the best for Nicolas Winding Refn, but for me it has to be "Bronson" (2008), which also put Tom Hardy in a better light for everyone and contributed to his casting in "Warrior". The main protagonist, an unnamed Driver, in the film is Ryan Gosling who has had amazing success with "Blue Valentine" and many other Oscar worthy performances that he has been snubbed for. The supporting cast includes the beautiful Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, Christina Hendricks, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman.
This was a difficult movie for me to review, because my initial opinion was so negative even though so many people that I respect praised the film. The pacing was all over the place and the script was lacking; requiring Nicolas Winding Refn to fill the void with stylized shots of our actors and the city of Los Angeles. The schmucky gangsters and mob clichés provide some laughs, but the heart of the film is Gosling's portrayal. I am not going to give this film the high regard others have, but I am not going to shun it either. For me this film is the perfect example of what a 3 Quack film should be. It is entertaining even though it has some negatives to it (mainly the script).