So diaappointed. Shitty movie, shittier soundtrack. I'd have to say one of tne worst soundtracks ever - It belonged in an 80's teen movie. At the end of the movie, hearing that synth soaked song, all I could see was an 80's prom scene.
It had a few good moments, but for the most part, it just reminded me of a crappy, low budget, indie film.
Too bad, because the cast is stellar. What a waste.
If you have seen it, did you like it or not?
The most overrated film of 2011. Tries way too hard to be a Michael Man/Paul Schrader thriller, complete with "brooding" anti-hero. I can't believe people were whining about how this movie was "snubbed" by the Oscars.
Here's an entertaining thread about the movie on Imdb, titled "ONLY ONE OSCAR NOM!!!!!!" The OP goes on to post:
[quote]Come on, academy, really? Here is what the film should have been nominated for=
Best director- Nicolas Winding Refn
Best adapted script- Hossein Amini
Best Actor- Ryan Gosling
Best supporting actor- Albert Brooks
Best Cinematography- Newton Thomas Sigel
Best Film editing- Matthew Newman
Best art direction- Christopher Tandon
Best Sound Mixing and Sound Editing
Seriously, this is ridiculous.
Imdb fanboys are funny.
The first ten minutes were wonderful. The remaining 90 minutes sucked. Also, Carey Mulligan was miscast.
What R4 said.
Terrible movie, hugely overrated. The Les Miz of 2011.
Probably the most boring Action/Thriller in years.
It's not for Americans. Stick to your Honey Boo Boo.
I haven't seen the film but I really like the songs "Nightcall" and "A Real Hero" off the soundtrack.
Oh please, R8. It cracks me up when people say that about shitty movies.
R9, well, they didn't work in the film at all.
The lead actor wasn't a woman over 50, so no wonder DL doesn't like it.
Ryan Gosling is the third hottest guy in Hollywood.
Who is 1 and 2, R13?
1. Chris Evans
2. Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Just my opinion, of course.
[quote]Terrible movie, hugely overrated. The Les Miz of 2011.
Not exactly. Millions of people will have paid to see Les Miz. Considering all the hype, Drive died fast death at the box office.
But yeah, hugely overrated, contrived mess with plot holes you could drive a truck through. Had a couple of pretty good scenes and some cool visuals but other than that it was fluff.
Drive made 75 million on a budget of 15. That's not a box office death, and it was never intended or expected to make Avengers style money.
And it's not in the black yet.
Gosling was hotter in Crazy Sexy Love - and nakeder.
OP is obviously a Philistine.
Fortunately, the majority of people who watch DRIVE greatly enjoy it.
Anyone who thinks Carey Mulligan is a hot chick must be the same asshole who keeps going to Keira Knightly movies. And is certainly not American. KK's movies TANK in the US, unless JDepp is in it.
I liked some parts but it just didn't flow it seemed forced and artificial. A lot of the times when Ryan's character was quiet, it just didn't make sense. It was a wannabe masterpiece that didn't happen. I fucking love the soundtrack the fact that it has an 80s touch makes me love it. There was potential there and Ryan looked hot.
The director missed a great opportunity to cast an under-utilized very talented Hispanic actress in Mulligan's role. Instead he cast the very white Mulligan who looked out of place.
I love R12.
I absolutely loved Drive. One of the best of the year. Very subtle, very sophisticated filmmaking. Sad that so many people just didn't get it. Looking forward to Refns next movies. Also don't get the Carey Mulligan dislike. She was WAY better than overrated Fassbender in Shame.
The one Oscar nomination it did get -- Best Sound Editing -- was truly and genuinely deserved. It also should've been cited for its glorious cinematography. Visually and aurally, it was hypnotic and is best appreciated on a big screen.
Intellectually, however, it's a mess; emotionally, it fails to connect. Refn's decision to strip most of the dialogue from the script may have been smart if the original script had bad dialogue (we'll never know), but it made the film seem derivative of so many other films that came before (violent gangsters, double-crossing femme fatales, the laconic anti-hero, which, despite his sexiness, Gosling can't play well -- he WAS vastly superior in Crazy. Stupid. Love.). And, yes, Carey Mulligan was terribly miscast; it's not much of a role to begin with, but to cast the whitest of white girls as a Latina is unbelievable.
R30 Gosling was terrible in Crazy Stupid Love (the whole movie was awful), and he was mediocre in that Ides movie. He looks and sounds even worse in his next one. Smart decision on Refn's part to have him not talking too much in Drive. Other than that I thought he was great as Driver and not talking actually added to his mystique. Carey was great too. People sadly just don't understand subtlety any more.
It was a great film. I saw it once but I remember almost every scene.
If you like Michael Bay...go for it.
OK, I would not have cast Mulligan but she's better than Michelle Williams.
[quote]but to cast the whitest of white girls as a Latina is unbelievable.
She was supposed to be Latina? What??
Nobody has ever looked better in a satin jacket than Ryan Gosling in this movie.
Let's not forget that Gosling is going to make his daredevil return in 2013's "Place Beyond the Pines" with Eva Mendes. The suddenly-next-Leo, Dane DeHaan, is going to play the older version of their son together.
So far, all 8 reporting critics have liked it or loved it. I want to see it, but am afraid it's going to be yet another overrated film that I'll be shamed for not completely buying into. I appreciated Blue Valentine, though, and it's the same director...
A brilliant, disturbing film that only middlebrows like the people posting here could not appreciate. Lowebrows don't count--they know they are dumb--but middlebrows revel in reminding you about who and what they are.
Ignore and endure. "Drive" will last.
I can't wait to see ONLY GOD FORGIVES, which has both Gosling and Refn.
R37, big Mary.
Just because we didn't like this particular movie doesn't mean we are "dumb". Your ignorant, pretentious post says way more about you (and trying to be "high brow"), than it does about those of us who didn't like the film.
R37: Your asinine "whateverbrow" argument is barely coherent.
R37 is trying too hard. God, I hate people like that. Judges people because they didn't like *one* certain movie. What a moron.
I was thoroughly engaged by the film, but strictly through the visuals (and the great sound design); I couldn't wait to see what the director, the cinematographer, the editor and the sound guys did next. Mixing film noir and Spaghetti Westerns and 70s/80s Walter Hill & Michael Mann, the movie is a treat to watch.
But I wasn't engaged in the story. This kind of scenario has been done too many times in the past 30 years and to really make it interesting again you have to offer more than just stunning visuals and staggering sound design -- you need interesting, complex characters. And this is what Drive is entirely lacking.
Yes, it's a fantastic cast, but the characters really are nothing more than puppets to propel the plot, scenery for elaborate shots. Gosling's character is your usual laconic nameless, pastless hero from countless Westerns, but he doesn't offer any new spin on it to make it memorable. Carey Mulligan really suffers with a wimpy girl-child who wanders from scene to scene, seemingly helpless. Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman are your usual violent, swearing gangsters. Bryan Cranston is the hero's sidekick whose fate is sealed the moment he appears on-screen.
This is so much the problem with many modern films; more interested in the technique than they are in story and character.
The ghost of Marlon Brando in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE is coming to kill r35!
I thought it was one of the best films of last year. The OP's comment was ridiculous.
I disagree with R42, but his points are reasonable. At least he actually says something thoughtful rather than posting a knee jerk I HATE IT!
Apart from that terrible looking Ganster Squad movie, Goslings next collaborations with Derek Cianfrance and Nicolas Winding Refn should be great. The Pines trailer looks awesome. 2 of my must-see movies this year. Cant wait to see what Refn and Cianfrance will do next!
R42 just can get the picture that men do fall in love with women, it happens all the time. That's why they make so many films about it.
I have a doctorate and have taught "Drive" in a class. I agree with r37. So many people here are just idiots. Lol. Yes, true middlebrows. They don't get "Drive" but they love trash like "Les Mis" and "Silver Linings." Sad.