Title: Drive
Year: 2011
Length: 100 minutes
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Writer: Hossein Amini, based on the book by James Sallis
Starring: Ryan Gosling
With: Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Oscar Isaac, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Kaden Leos, James Biberi
Music: Cliff Martinez (and non-original music)
Cinematography: Newton Thomas Sigel
Editing: Matthew Newman
I saw it: in the theater, a couple days ago
Synopsis: a driver gets involved in a mob set-up

My reaction
Concept:4/4 (Great) Basically a Western – at least, in characters and story.
Story:3/4 (Good)
Characters:4/4 (Great)
Dialog:4/4 (Great) Much of the movie involves people standing around not saying anything, which would have been a disaster if the cast and score wasn’t so damn great. There’s an enormous amount of communication that goes on without, or sometimes in spite of the dialog. (Judging from the reactions of the middle-aged people sitting behind us in the theater, it might benefit from subtitles for the subtlety impaired.)
Pacing:3/4 (Good)
Cinematography:3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design:3/4 (Good)
Acting:4/4 (Great)
Music:4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great, 4/4 (Great)). I wasn’t as blown away as I expected to be based on the internet’s reaction/obsession with it, but it’s a great movie. It oozes hipness. I predict there will be a number of movies in the next few years that emulate its style. Also: What is this cast? How is this a thing?
Objective Rating (Average):3.6/4 (Great)


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