Watching Drive is a bit like that, except you are sitting in front of the screen watching the movie. But it completely captures the vibe - the film has an amazing style, but the style never hides the substance. Drive is one of those movies that are destined to become a classic - it's the kind of story that is both intriguing and entertaining. And all of that because of the protagonist.
We only know him as Driver. He is a mysterious figure, of whom we know nothing about other than for the fact that he is an excellent driver and he keeps to himself. Driver's path crosses with that of Irene, his innocent, lovely neighbor played by brilliantly cast Carey Mulligan. He falls for her, but it is the kind of love story that you sense can never reach happy ending. Whether it's because of Driver's past or his personality - we can't know for sure.
This sense of continuous mystery works very well and it's especially admirable because even though we don't know much about the protagonist, we root for him. He is a violent guy, but he wants to protect innocent woman and her child, easily blending in the role of a true hero, selfless person that doesn't want anything for himself other than the knowledge Irene and her child are safe from any harm.
The movie, beautifully directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, has the most amazing soundtrack. I'm not a music expert so I don't really know the right term here but it sounds like smooth pop from the 80's with a touch of electro. The sensual sounds and simple, but memorable, lyrics aided by great cinematography and elegant editing really establish amazing atmosphere of the movie.
Though I'm not that into Ryan Gosling and I really don't think of him as someone who is a strong guy, he actually plays menacing and violent Driver very well. It's something about his eyes and the confidence - when he threatens the people in the movie you are completely convinced he would carry out those threats, without second though.
Visual Parallels Drive/Taxi Driver - HERE
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