Before watching Drive I tweeted this: “Wish I could Jump on the “I love Ryan Gosling” band wagon, but I’m not there yet”, after seeing Drive, I am there. I have seen Gosling in a few movies The Notebook, Blue Valentine, The Ides Of March, and Stupid Crazy Love and I could see that he is a good actor, but I think Drive is his best performance yet.
Drive is about an unnamed Hollywood stunt performer (Ryan Gosling) who also works as a driver for criminals looking for a quick getaway. The Driver Has a friend, Shannon (Bryan Cranston from TV’s Breaking Bad) who owns a garage, and basically sets up other jobs for The Driver. Shannon borrows money from a crooked mobster Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) to buy a sports car so that The Driver can race, Bernie Rose agrees to give Shannon the money after he sees The Driver drive. Shannon knows Bernies right hand man, Nino (Ron Perlman) because Nino shattered his pelvis years before because Shannon over charged him once.
The Driver starts to get close to his neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her son Benicio (Kaden Leos), after running into them several times and helping them with car troubles. Trouble starts when Irene’s husband Standard (Oscar Isaac) gets out of jail, Standard owes protection money to a man named Cook (James Biberi) and The Driver agrees to help him with his problems.
Drive Has a retro feel, it has some nice cars, music that feels retro despite being from the 2000’s and some pink opening credits that feels like some Risky Business like writing. Goslings character is quiet, he exudes a Clint Eastwood vibe, he does some bad things but he’s a hero and he helps those in need. I really enjoyed Gosling in this role and I Shake my head at the thought of him not even being nominated for an Oscar.
The reason people are stating that Drive was shunned from the Oscars is because of it’s very violent movies, a few scenes in general will stick with you, and the body count is high. Carey Mulligan pulls off her role well, her attraction for Gosling’s character is evident and genuine. Mulligan described filming Drive as “staring longingly at Ryan Gosling for hours each day.” Gosling and Mulligan said that they themselves cut many of the lines they were supposed to say to one another to make Gosling’s quiet character more believable and help show the chemistry between the two.
The director, Nicolas Winding Refn, said there was about 6 or 7 actors he could have gone with for the character of Bernie Rose, The ruthless mob leader type of actor, but he wanted to go with someone who hasn’t played this type of character before and he picked the perfect actor, Albert Brooks. Brooks, who’s only credits I am familiar with are Taxi Driver, The Simpson’s and Marlin from Finding Nemo, is great in Drive, you can’t tell if he’s bad until you know he’s bad.
Drive is Tense, it’s violent and it’s thrilling in spots. Drive slows down when it comes to Goslings and Mulligans scenes, and the movie comes to a screeching halt, but there moments are sweet and add a flair of romance to the film. The movies trailer may misrepresent Drive, which I hate, Drive is what happens when you take an action movie and add artistic flair to it. Don’t be mistaken, Drive is an award winner for that.
P.s – Fun Fact: The movies Tagline is the same as “No Country For Old Men” “There are no clean getaways”
-Mitch Burns (Who is now a fan of Ryan Gosling)