Drive was absolutely perfect. The real beauty of the film was definitely in the director’s work and Nicolas Winding Refn did a fucking brilliant job. It felt like a real movie, an experience, which is sadly rare these days—so that was thrilling. Oh, and not to mention a totally killer soundtrack that just captured the entire atmosphere completely and brought it into a wholly different realm.
do you like ryan gosling? do you like pulp fiction and taxi driver and other stylized-yet-gritty-art-noir-action films with tremendous acting? do you enjoy an obsession-worthy 80s-synth-pop soundtrack with songs like this and this and this? if you answered yes to these questions, you’ll HATE drive.
I thought of both those movies, as well as Cronenberg films like A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. The way the director shoots Los Angeles at night is so gorgeous too and reminded me of Michael Mann. It’s such a great film and I want to listen to the songs from the soundtrack now.
DRIVE red band Trailer. I’m interested, I think I’ll check it out in theatres…
I watched this trailer last night and was super excited, it looks cool and action-y but smart, and it has Christina Hendricks, plus Albert Brooks as a bad guy.
So because I am pumped about this movie I was reading up on it on Wikipedia and saw quotes about Carey Mulligan’s casting and the role she’s playing and, uh, wtf forever at the filmmakers:
Mulligan heard back about the script two weeks later and met him in person to try to persuade him to give her the role, which was written as a Latina woman who is in her late 20s. Refn agreed and made script adjustments to accommodate the actress in the role.The filmmaker had not seen any of Mulligan’s movies, but upon first seeing her, he recalled, “I knew we had our ‘Irene’”. He felt her casting would cement the love story in a more engaging way. “It made it more of a Romeo & Juliet kind of love story without the politics that would in this day and age be brought into it if you had different nationalities or different religions,” Refn explained.
The actual press release for the film from Cannes even says:
In the novel, ‘Irene’ is a Latina. Director Refn conﬁrms, “Originally I was looking for a Latina actress. I met a lot of great actresses—famous and not famous—but there was just always something wrong.”
I don’t really blame Carey Mulligan for this, she’s a working actor who wanted to work with this director and got a chance to do so which she took. And this movie does look really cool and is supposed to be good but again: what the fuck. You know how those white-only relationships are so compelling and romantic, unlike those boring and inherently political interracial and/or nonwhite relationships. Not to mention those Latina actresses who have that undefinable “something wrong” with them that magically disappears when you meet a white actress whose movies you’ve never even seen.