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The Cinematic Katzenjammer: Feb 6: Drive


Feb 6: Drive

"A mysterious Hollywood stuntman, mechanic and getaway driver lands himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor."

   Drive is many things. It's beautiful, it's violent, it's original, and it's just plain cool. Ryan Gosling proves he is much more than just a good looking dude (face it, we all know he's a stud), and Drive proves he can be an insanely awesome badass. From the way he talks, to what he wears (a friggin' jacket with a scorpion on the back!), to him chewing on a toothpick as he speeds through the streets of L.A, Gosling reeks cool, and Drive channels that cool factor in the most glorious of ways. 

Every girl wants to f**k him and every guy wants to be him. Fact.

   The film follows Gosling, simply called The Driver, who is a stuntman and mechanic by day, and getaway driver by night, and he's damn good at all three things. Trouble ensues when his neighbor, the always cute Carey Mulligan, finds herself, her young boy, and her ex-con husband owing the wrong people a lot of money. Gosling offers to help, and like every pulpy movie with a badass edge, everything goes wrong. But, oh how stylized and beautiful it all plays out. Imagine if Hot Wheels was manufactured by Van Gogh and the whole creation is set to electronica music of the awesome 80s. 

Even Vincent was a fan of Gosling. 

   Drive is directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, who also directed Bronson, a film I reviewed and loved earlier. The style is very similar, and Refn proves again he's one of a kind. The visuals of Drive are amazing, and every scene is shot with reverence, showing the beauty in everything the camera catches. Many of the scenes are shot as though you are in the car with The Driver, and the suspense that builds with every turn heightens the tension. Another thing worth mentioning is that Drive uses many locations in Los Angeles that are not seen in every other movie set in the city, and the fresh view makes the movie feel all the more original. 

Drive even makes a crappy town look interesting. 

   Overall, Drive is the rare kind of film that works on all levels, from the incredible acting, to the visuals, and an engaging story that leaves you wanting more. The pace is slow, but when the action kicks in, it not only blows you away but leaves quite the mess. With an amazing supporting cast that includes Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston, and Ron Perlman, and a mesmerizing soundtrack that fits the film perfectly, you cannot go wrong with Drive

The Good:
The supporting cast, camerawork and awesome story
The Better:
I mentioned it a couple times before, but I cannot reiterate how awesome the soundtrack is. Some of the songs on their own don't sound the greatest, but when mixed with the film itself, the combination is flawless.
The Best:
Ryan Gosling and the massive amount of ass he kicks

Overall: 9.5/10

Best Quote:
Driver: "If I drive for you, you get your money. You tell me where we start, where we're going, where we're going afterwards. I give you five minutes when we get there. Anything happens in that five minutes and I'm yours. No matter what. Anything a minute on either side of that and you're on your own. I don't sit in while you're running it down. I don't carry a gun. I drive."

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