Time for number three, the top three is to be completed now.
I remember vaguely me seeing the notebook just when it was released on networks over Sweden. One channel aired it and I thought it was pretty good. The first time I really got to see Ryan Gosling act was Crazy, Stupid, Love. A movie I am very fond of and one that might appear on this very list.
But time to shift focus back, we are talking about drive. And it follows in the footsteps of Lost in Translation. We are just observing life’s as the pass by, and what people do when they are cornered.
I remember the music caught me first, something that most people will agree on. Kavinsky’s Nightcall set’s the tone very early in the movie and the fact that I have seen him live just added to the experience.
After that it is just pure acting, a lot of thought through camera angles and a killer soundtrack. Why would this surprise anyone today though, most hollywood blockbuster have this. But you see, it is NOT a hollywood blockbuster. I am not neglecting that a movie with a budget of 15 million dollars is a big production, probably bigger than most Swedish ones. The fact that they still made it this good with that “little” cash, is what surprises me.
On top of this I just have to say that both screenplay and directing is amazing, I would argue that Ryan Gosling’s “lost for words”-character makes this movie work. He makes us see love without it needing screentime. And emotions and drama, that is what makes it all perfect. It is almost like the movie is about the feelings that are never said, but you can always feel. Looking at this as an action/love movie as general public would, I maybe would say it is decent. For us that tend to read into signs, camera angles or lines read, we just love it.
I am not even sure this should be place number three, maybe even sharing with Lost in translation.
Concluding, Drive is a movie that needs a certain amount of interest and focus (and a kickass soundsystem). But if you can spare that for such a short moment of your life, you will be rewarded. That this movie did not get an Oscar is still to this day, a great shame.