Plot: A mysterious Hollywood stuntman, mechanic and getaway driver lands himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor. Source: imdb.com
Very unpopular opinion time: I didn’t like Drive.
That being said, Drive is a gorgeous film. Every angle was perfect, the lightning and worked every single time,
nearly every scene having impeccable conceptualism. And then there was the beautiful colouring, spot on costume design, hair and make-up, fantastic use of props and generally, any visuals you could think of were faultless. You could take beautiful, conceptual photographs from any scene of the film. (There are going to be a lot of pictures. A lot.)
I think my problem was the plot. The film itself is rather short – a mere hundred minutes – but I was bored by the first hour. I love both Ryan Gosling (the Driver) and Carey Mulligan (Irene) but they disappointed me here. From all the elegant visuals, Reynolds seemed to have two faces – the sulky and the nonchalant and Mulligan only had one which, to me, looked like she’d just crapped her pants. Sorry. I know they weren’t bad, they were just one-sided from where I stand. Seeing Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston was a surprise, but a good one at that – he had a small role, he filled it just as he was supposed to but it wasn’t anything special. The only character I symphatised with was – ironically, considering his character – Oscar Isaac’s Standard Gabriel. With him, there was a story and I liked his characterisation from the point he spoke up at his coming-home party.
Something everyone else seems to like is the mystery of Gosling’s character – the Driver. The problem here is that yes, I saw he was mysterious and he didn’t have a name and he was leading a mysterious life… but I didn’t care. He failed to evoke any emotions from me until the very end, with the final scene with Cranston and that wasn’t enough. Mulligan’s (or Irene’s) problem was the complete apathy. Her first twenty minutes were good and started steadily declining then.
By the final scene, I’d given up. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – in any film or series (or book), characters are extremely important to me and if they are off, the entire flick is off, no matter how aestethically pleasing it is. I’ll give Drive a second one day, though, since all the people sharing my taste in film loving it says something. Maybe it was the overhype that dragged my opinion down. I really can’t tell. What I know is that I didn’t feel Drive.
And for the million dollar question – is there anyone else out there that didn’t like Drive? And why? Or if you loved it – what did I miss?