For me, it's the perfect amount of art and film, making it visually stunning throughout due to it's inspiring cinematography. You could literally freeze the film at any point and that image would make a great poster for the film.
The music is phenomenal too, so much so I own it on Vinyl. It captures the mood of the entire film superbly adding to the neo-noir style to create an exciting pace to the film.
The cast are amazing. Ron Pearlman, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Oscar Isaac, Bryan Cranston and Christina Hendricks are flawless, arguably performing one of their greatest roles of their respective careers. Ryan Gosling though, is iconic. His performance is near perfect with the actor taking advantage of every second on camera. Even when you consider his lack of dialogue, he still manages to immerse himself in the role brilliantly, creating a memorable lead character.
The story is a good one, however it's the Neo-Noir filmmaking style of Drive that makes the story so powerful and unique. It's certainly a film that has it's own style, standing out considerably from anything remotely similar. It's exhilarating, it's passionate, it's sophisticated and it's cool. Everything I want in a film.
One of my favourite films of all time, from one of my favourite directors of all time. A masterpiece from Nicholas Winding Refn.
This film is beautifully made in its art style and moments of peace, it is very "Vintage" in feel without being based upon any older time as its setting. The main character "Ryan Gosling - Driver" is unrelatable because of his silence yet you find yourself cheering for him throughout the movie due to his protective feelings towards "Carey Mulligan - Irene". The movie falls short of its storytelling when action comes into play, relying on shock tactics to pull the viewer in at moments when less-visual violence could have been used to better effect.
- Distinct Visual Style
- Lead Actor's Connection to Lead Actress.
- Cliche Story Structure
Its been around 4-5 months since I first saw 'Drive', and after watching the film a few more times now, it just gets better and better.