Tell us what you thought of ‘Drive’

Posted by · 10:06 am · September 16th, 2011

Lots has been written and spoken about “Drive” around these parts. Guy fell in love in Cannes. I hopped on board at Comic-Con. And now, it’s your turn to weigh in. The film opens nationwide today, and I imagine it’ll be a big priority for many of you. Come on back here when you get around to seeing it this weekend. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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  • 1 9-18-2011 at 12:43 pm

    Robert A. said...

    “And the whole “I’m an existential loner who’s gonna be a hero for this sweet girl and her son because I like them and I’m really some sort of suppressed psychopath who doesn’t don’t know how to feel” thing didn’t sink into me (over my head). ”

    I assume you’re also not a big fan of Taxi Driver.

  • 2 9-18-2011 at 12:44 pm

    Andrew M said...

    Just saw it, loved it. My favorite movie of the year so far, and will probably stay in the top 10.

    I like the idea of the kiss happening in his, but I can also see that’s just him moving her without drawing attention, with the lights going down just apart of the romantics.

    I agree there should of been one more car chase with Ron Pearlman before he died.

  • 3 9-18-2011 at 1:03 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Robert A., ha! Actually, I’m not a big fan of Taxi Driver.

    That said, I am a big fan of De Niro, Scorsese, & other De Niro/Scorsese collaborations.

    I guess it’s that type of narrative I’m not wild about.

    I’ll say this: I liked ‘Drive’ a hell of a lot more than ‘Taxi Driver’.

  • 4 9-18-2011 at 2:01 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    @Chad- I puked after watching Irreversible. Holy shit, that movie is so intense and graphic.

    @redcup- Agree to disagree. I think limited would have served the film well. The polarizing response was bound to happen either way.

  • 5 9-18-2011 at 3:01 pm

    JJ1 said...

    The CinemaScore jumped from C- to C+.

    yay? lol

  • 6 9-18-2011 at 4:43 pm

    Ben M. said...

    I really liked it; the last act wasn’t as good as the first two, but when it was close to being the best film of the year from the first two acts, the whole was very impressive. I’m not sure how its awards prospects will go, but the technical work was amazing for a fairly low budget film and it certainly would deserve noms in categories such as editing and sound mixing.

    As for some of the talking points, after all I heard about the violence the film was less violent than I thought it was going to be, I was expecting one of the most violent R-rated films ever and I would say it wasn’t even the most violent film this week (after Straw Dogs). And I took the elevator scene and ending at their most realistic interpretation, but there is room to view them multiple ways.

  • 7 9-18-2011 at 5:52 pm

    Bryan said...

    Did anyone else think the mask Gosling wears looks like a Tom Cruise?

  • 8 9-18-2011 at 7:24 pm

    Doctor said...

    this is what movies are all about. completely absorbing, breathtakingly beautiful. so much to love.

    i read a few comments on here with people saying they were let down by Perlman’s death, but I thought it was handled wonderfully. I mean, that beach with the lighthouse light flickering by every few seconds? phenomenal.

  • 9 9-18-2011 at 10:34 pm

    Marc R. said...

    For me, Refn’s technique almost simultaneously seems to border on parody and brilliance (this comes to a head in the brilliant elevator sequence). Some cuts in the film felt a bit awkward (for lack of a better word), as did a few of the moments where gosling and/or mulligan wouldn’t talk, and that one song (“real hero” or something) was just awful. I would’ve liked a little more narrative. Other than that i kinda loved it, the minimalism, the compositions, Gosling, and Brooks were all excellent. And truly, not since Michael Mann have we seen a director capture L.A. so well. In a just world, nominations for cinematography, editing, and gosling would be easy calls. I really want to see it again… Also, i think this film has some of the best use of space that I’ve seen in a while, akin to the work of Kurosawa or Leone

  • 10 9-18-2011 at 10:39 pm

    Marc R. said...

    One more time for Gosling. This is definitely Oscar worthy work imo. He brings a focus to the role that is truly something to behold. It’s the type of performance where each look or subtle mannerism is essential to understanding the character.

  • 11 9-19-2011 at 5:50 am

    JJ1 said...

    It’s incredible to come to a site like this and read the commentary here on the film’s quality (good, bad, and in-between) and compare it to something like yahoo users, twop, and other such sites and see the shallow, simple-minded (although, opinion IS opinion) “it was so boring”, “that shit was slow” “who are these actors?” “where was the action?” “this movie sucked” “no one spoke” criticisms. Incontention is so refreshing.

    The disparity between audience(s) opinion (and follow-through of that opinion) is amazing, to me.

  • 12 9-19-2011 at 7:18 am

    Danny King said...

    Finally found some time to put together my review. I saw the film twice in less than 24 hours, and it’s my second four-starrer of the year so far, after “The Tree of Life.”

  • 13 9-19-2011 at 7:31 am

    Keith said...

    JJ1, I agree. In the short while since I discovered this site, it’s become a refuge for me. It’s refreshing to come to a place run by and visited by people genuinely passionate and excited about film.

  • 14 9-19-2011 at 9:51 am

    David Morgan said...

    Here’s a video interview with Nicolas Winding Refn for

  • 15 9-19-2011 at 4:27 pm

    Evan said...

    Did anyone else get confused about the editing when Nino/Perlman is taken out? I thought he was on one side of the car and then he appeared to be on the other…

  • 16 9-19-2011 at 5:24 pm

    JTag said...

    “And truly, not since Michael Mann have we seen a director capture L.A. so well. In a just world, nominations for cinematography, editing, and gosling would be easy calls. ”

    This made me laugh hard, because as I mentioned before I went with two other people who also hated it, and one of them said as we left the theatre “That director was trying so hard to be Michael Mann, and failed miserably. Trying to capture LA like that. Just stop, you can’t be Mann.”

    I guess I shouldn’t tell on myself, but the first thing I said after the movie was over was “I’m going home and firing up ‘Point Break'”. I like what Nathaniel over at Film Experience wrote..I’ll probably be one of those people in 10 years that finds out they now love “Drive”.

  • 17 9-20-2011 at 10:26 am

    Evan said...

    Another question: what was with the Driver walking up to the pizzeria with the mask (to the tune of “Oh My Love”) and then, as soon as the song’s done, he’s back in the car? Did he actually go up there? Why?

  • 18 9-20-2011 at 11:15 am

    JJ1 said...

    I didn’t quite get that, either. ^

  • 19 9-20-2011 at 1:39 pm

    Kyle said...

    I actually found the stolen No Country tagline to be quite fitting as Driver was a bit of an anti-Anton Chigurh. Instead of the guy with the money being chased by an unstoppable killer, the guy with the money IS the unstoppable killer.

    Additionally, I had the feeling that the mask he was wearing was a Jason Statham mask, or at least there was a hint of that…the thought of which was pretty funny to me.

  • 20 9-20-2011 at 7:54 pm

    Tye-Grr said...

    I just picked up the soundtrack to this film because it’s pretty incredible and it’s been stuck in my head since I first watched the film. Awesome stuff.

    @Evan & JJ1- He was going to go in there and kill Ron Perlman, but then he saw it was full of people so he backed out and waited for Perlman to leave. It was made pretty apparent.

  • 21 9-21-2011 at 6:11 am

    JJ1 said...

    Well, call me stupid, then. Makes perfect sense as you’ve said. I just didn’t get that in the moment. But thanks. :)

  • 22 9-21-2011 at 10:18 pm

    John said...

    Yikes, this was bad! Congratulations, audience, when the critics and internet nuts go off into la-la land, I can always count on you guys to smack some sense into them. C-? That’s being generous.

    Storywise, we’ve seen this story a million times before, and we’ll see it a million more. Character-wise? There’s no depth to these characters, they don’t exist, this is purely an exercise in style. The actors are fine, but please don’t be nominating anyone for this.

    Action? The opening scene is a thinking man’s action sequence, there’s another sequence that is reasonably exciting, but again, it’s pure style over substance. (Is there a reason to go into reverse in a car chase? No, but it’s cool.) Still, if you’re going to call yourself DRIVE, I’m expecting one of the all time great car chases… which this movie did not come close to.

    So what are we left with? Style? Yeah, it’s got style. But holding the camera on something for an eternity while playing a synth score can get real old real fast. Yes, the leads have chemistry, but having them stare at the camera ad infinitum gets real old real fast.

    OK, I’m being a little harsh on this movie. but when the critics pull one of their “Emperor’s New Clothes” moves, I get really pissy. If this is supposed to be an 80s, neon drenched action film, then please note that LIVE AND DIE IN LA, STREETS OF FIRE, NEAR DARK, etc all had propulsive stories, gripping excitement.

    And the final showdown between the hero and the villain. Um, what was the villain thinking?

    Yeah, just bad.

  • 23 9-23-2011 at 7:38 pm

    Gamer mom said...

    My favourite movie of the year, just like Bronson was last year. Ryan Gosling was a revelation. Poetic, visceral, stunning. As for “old’s leaving the theatre, I’m 50 and heard some ‘youngs’ complaining about the lack of dialogue and story. If it’s not fed to some of them on a spoon they don’t get it. Am now going to spend the weekend catching up on Gosling’s other acting work, namely Half Nelson and Lars & the Real Girl. If he doesn’t at least get an Oscar nod I’ll be disappointed. Also, I went with my 17 yr old son who is a budding screenwriter. He was blown away that people got up and left the theatre. We are going to see it again next week!!

  • 24 9-25-2011 at 10:19 am

    Keith said...

    Gamer mom, if you were impressed with Gosling just from Drive, I’d be curious to hear your thoughts after seeing him in Half Nelson and Lars. In those movies, along with The Believer and Blue Valentine, Gosling positions himself as one of the most interesting and exciting actors we have in film today, in my humble opinion.

  • 25 10-04-2011 at 2:39 pm

    Mr Chrillster said...

    I am of those few people who feels Gosling isn´t that great.Not bad and certainly not when he shows emotion…but Driver.One facial expression.A smile you don´t know if it belongs to someone who cares,tries to fit in or is a complete sociopath.Well,he´s all those things.He shows emotion one time n in a completely random scene.This movie has a great soundtrack,it doesn´t shy away from gore,this is brutal stuff,it´s tense….but in an actionmovie that gives the impression of being characterdriven,we really don´t get close to anyone.Best performance easily comes from Oscar Isaac .More screentime might´ve earned him an oscarnom,surprised he took a role like this.In a attempt,successful attempt to surprise us,we unfortunately loose a human touch IMO. Good,original but not great film.

  • 26 10-06-2011 at 8:00 pm

    tom said...

    Hands down the coolest movie I HAVE EVER SEEN IN QUITE SOME TIME. The elevator scene is a classic. It deserves oscar consideration.

  • 27 12-08-2011 at 5:21 pm

    Big Braveheart said...

    Best film of 2011 and hands down the coolest film in a long, long time. A bonafied and instant crime classic. Gosling immense, Brooks incredible and Refn’s direction superb. Throw in great visuals, an amzing soundtrack and a superb supporting cast and you have a real winner. SHOULD win big at the Oscars but will PROBABLY be harshly overlooked bar a couple of awards. Trust me this deserves every accolade it gets!

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