REVIEW: Drive

When first introduced to Drive and upon learning of the overwhelmingly positive reviews and feedback that it received, it simply cannot be one to turn down with the Oscar season coming up! Although having admittedly average expectations due to it appearing just like another car-chase action film in a similar style of background and characters to the atrocious Fast And Furious franchise, but Drive proved us all wrong as it is a visual artistic motion picture that expresses not only its intense dialogue, horrific violence and it’s personal romantic story, but it is presented as something that is a visual treasure.

Although we do not really know very much about Driver’s personal life or his past, he is someone who we can be linked amongst but exposes darker and more horrific features. The most basic way of defining the nature of Driver is that he is a dark saviour; like the Spirit from the Frank Miller graphic novel and, of course, the DC Comics superhero Batman. Plus, when outside of action, memories came back from Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver as Driver interprets the loneliness and the rather obsessive bond with a young female that is caught into some trouble. Anyway, Ryan Gosling has really blossomed most recently and ever since his breakthrough performance in popular romantic-drama The Notebook, he has fulfilled some fantastic roles in many different films portraying various characters. His role as Driver may seem quite cold-natured that is often muddled feelings from love to anger, but he provides old-school sophistication and is easy on the eyes for the ladies. So, Drive is yet another film that could lead him one slight edge closer to Oscar glory.

Carey Mulligan really is one of those cute looking innocent actresses who usually stars in either really hectic and heavy-going films or ones that consist of raw emotion with a sense of innocence to it. As for her role in Drive, her performance was very good and you could feel the immediate connection between herself and Gosling as Driver. Albert Brooks portrays crime leader Bernie Rose perfectly as he provides a performance that supplies familiarities with Joe Pesci’s legendary Academy Award-winning performance in GoodFellas. So, as a result of this, Brooks w will undoubtedly be worthy of an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, or maybe even to win it. Other cast members Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac, Christina Hendricks and Ron Perlman deliver satisfactory performances also.

In the past, you would generally get all of these explosive action films that are overloaded with computer-generated effects but have very little desire for the story and characters. As far as Drive is concerned, it enables itself to go to a different level as the numerous aspects within the film that mix along with other works from directors of the past who have made similar styles of films. For example, the use of music and camera techniques have an identical connection with Stanley Kubrick’s work in A Clockwork Orange as that exposes character and their backgrounds in a slow and eerie fashion. Aside from Stanley Kubrick, you can quite easily identify Drive as a Quentin Tarantino-like film with the mixtures of music, the occasional use of visual art, gruesome violence and creative scripts which we saw in his previous filmsKill Bill (both parts) and Death Proof. Refn exposes something that goes beyond the works of Kubrick and Tarantino as he presents a surreal and experimental approach of Los Angeles to its audiences by often appearing like it’s a dream, and the score and songs that are used within the majority of the film, narrates the story.

Overall, Drive is an intense and explosive film that is very enjoyable and gives an outlook on what cinema really is as two separate sides; as entertainment and a form of art. It has quite possibly become the latest specific study topic for university students with the different concepts and how it compares and contrasts to other landmarks of cinema, and it’s a film you need to just switch on to away from everything else and to just closely observe the beautiful art, listen to the music and feel the thrills of the intense action.

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~ by SJMJ91 on 15/05/2012.

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