Should I be like 99% of movie reviewers out there and think of a corny line to start with? Hmmm...What can I say? Okay, I've got it! I wish I could drive again and again to see this film. When my friend hypes up a film there's a good chance that I'm not going to like it. Expectation combined with a friend over hyping a film are recipes for disaster. My one friend could not shut up about this film. All I heard out of his mouth for about a week was how good this film was to the point where he was trying to find the sound track to buy it. As an added bonus to this story, he bought it. My other friend and I decided to check out this film and see what all the fuss what about from him.
So the first scene in the movie with the driver (Ryan Gosling) already had me on the edge of my seat. Come to think about it, I don't think they really gave Gosling's character a name. Maybe someone can correct me if there was? I saw it a couple weeks back so I forget, but I don't believe he had one. Anyway, Ryan Gosling plays a stunt double in the movies with this film. To find a fault with this film you really have to be over analyzing it. I mean it's really tough to knock it and that's the truth. I've heard a few people complain about the pace and music in the film but my opinion is it worked. The pace is what really worked for me. It was a slow and Gosling didn't say too much, but yet, why is it so good? Because Ryan Gosling doesn't need to talk. He's an underrated actor that can let his actions do the talking for him. I was surprised to read Roger Ebert's article comparing his character to Alain Delon's in "Le Samourai" because that's what I instantly thought of as well. Carey Mulligan, regardless of what some people say, is the next big actress as far as I'm concerned. I have not seen a bad film she has been in it yet. She's got the talent. Honestly, I can't knock any of the performances in this film. They were all good! Nicolas Winding Refn did an excellent job making the film.
The plot for the most part is the Driver has a connection (I guess you can say that) with Irene (Mulligan). It's probably more appropriate to say he cares about her and her son, Benicio. On one of his heists that goes wrong, suddenly people want him dead. I'm trying really hard not to spoil anything about this film right now, and it's very hard not too with my eagerness to get you to see it. There are a few really graphic scenes out there though.
Great Film: B
Enjoyable Film: A+