October 04, 2011

Drive-AMC 34th Street

Erica: Our first film back from vacation was Drive at the AMC 34th Street. We went to a 6pm showing and surprisingly, there was no annoying texters, nobody answering calls and nobody talking. Everyone there genuinely seemed to be there because they had an interest in watching the movie. I don't know what happened while we are away, but whatever it was, I am not complaining.

I was not sure what to expect from Drive going in, which I think is sometimes a good thing, not always but was pleasant in this case.

My first impression was that this movie was violent. I don't think that is a bad thing, it was a good movie, just far more blood than I thought there would be. As Mike mentioned when we leaved the theatre, it reminded him of Taxi Driver, one of my favorite movies.

Gosling does not strike me as the type who could carry a movie like this, he seems like a small town, shy boy. Much to my surprise, he totally worked in this movie. It kept bothering me that he never changed out of his white satin scorpion jacket for the whole movie but I got over it.

Mike: For some reason I was really looking forward to this movie. I saw two of Refn's films prior to this (Bronson and Valhalla Rising) and didn't think either of them were too great, but it was clear to me that the guy had potential and he had at least done some very interesting stuff. An amazing cast, cool promos, a weird 70s/80s feel - all made this one of my most anticipated films of the year.
From the heart-pounding edge-of-your-seat opening minutes on, I was in movie geek heaven. The slow pace is likely to bore action fans (Erica might not have noticed, but an Asian couple sitting in the row in front of us, probably expecting the film to be more Fast Five, couldn't keep away from their smartphones) but anyone with a normal attention span (or at least properly medicated) will be rewarded with a really cool-looking, beautifully shot, dark little flick with fascinating characters played by actors at the top of their game (Bryan Cranston and Albert Brooks stood out) and some of the best car chase scenes committed to film. And I should also note the soundtrack of retro-ish songs that are allowed to play out, often in full. One of my favorite films of the year so far, Drive was absolutely awesome from start to finish.

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