I haven’t seen a movie this good in many, many years. This was my introduction to Refn and now I’m rabidly excited to see Pusher, Bronson, etc…
Never cared for him, stunned by how good he was here…the Diner scene where he snaps at that guy…great moment -he totally sells it and you can feel the tone of the film shift immediately.
And the shot of his face after the stomping…chilling – he conveys so much in his face…did anyone else get a Alec Baldwin circa Miami Blues era vibe off of Gosling in this?
Penultimate scene in the car – rivals Spacey’s scene in LA Confidential, I was enthralled.
ETA - Parker's post above implies Driver dies at the end. Is this the generally accepted view? I walked away with the impression he lives.
Driver is such an iconic character – the scorpion jacket was the perfect touch. Loved the various Mann-esque shots from behind as he’s on the phone, staring across the cityscape.
This catapulted Gosling into an entirely new league for me.
Amazing acting just with facial expressions. I was impressed by how strong you feel the longing between Irene & Driver during the Standard coming home party, given how short of a time they had together.
Driving Scenes – Opening getaway – I immediately knew I was watching something special…perfectly directed… The getaway scene after the pawn shop robbery – again, perfect.
The Hotel Scene…insane – masterful suspense…
The first scene in Irene’s apartment when we see Driver’s silhouette reflected in the mirror that holds a picture of Standard & Benicio – one of my favorite composed shots in a film full of them.
The songs were inspired choices, but Martinez’ score built a great sense of menace throughout.
I don’t LOVE a lot of films. I LOVE Drive. Believe the hype.
Edited by Henry_Hill - 9/22/11 at 1:13pm