DRIVE (2011)

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Christopher

Man this movie is cool! My favorite part about this movie is how cool Ryan Gosling’s character is but as the film progresses he’s just kind of weird and creepy. Also I think Brian Cranston might be my second favorite actor right now. He’s kind of like a skinny John Goodman?!

Elizabeth

I’m pretty sure that when Chris and I watched Drive with two of our friends (they hadn’t seen it, we had), it was the fourth time I had seen it. I really pushed us into watching it (although everyone agreed!) because it’s the kind of movie I’m pretty much always in the mood to watch. Our friends didn’t really like it but . . . whatever.

There are a million things I love about Drive. One of them is how the movie is so quiet, but is so well-known for its amazing music. When I was living in New York, I saw Nicolas Winding Refn’s movie before Drive, Valhalla Rising. It wasn’t my favorite, but I was struck at how the movie was very quiet but punctuated with pretty brutal violence. Drive is similar in that way, except it’s way cooler and, you know, Ryan Gosling.

I was sort of blown away by it when I first saw it, because it seems like something you’ve seen before (lots of 80s nostalgia type of vibes) but then isn’t at all. My favorite scene is probably one of the more famous scenes, in which Ryan Gosling finds himself in an elevator with his love interest, played by Carey Mulligan, and a giant guy he knows is there to kill him. Gosling pushes Mulligan into a corner, and as music slowly gushes forward and the lighting around them dims, kisses her in slow motion. It’s pretty beautiful, sort of like a high school fantasy kiss. As soon as it’s over, though, Gosling beats the would-be-killer to death by stomping his skull in while Mulligan watches. COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL.

And yeah, a lot has been said about the soundtrack, but for good reason. I only wish John Maus had been involved. But both the movie and the soundtrack are worth watching and listening to approximately 1000 times.

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