Pick’n Flicks: Drive Review

Over the weekend I finally watched a movie that I have been waiting to see all year, Drive. I have heard lots of great reviews from credible sources about the movie Drive so I knew I had to watch it and give my own opinion. What I can say to start this off is, if you have not seen this movie yet, make sure you do. By no means is this one of the best movies of 2011 but I did enjoy it thoroughly.

Ryan Gosling stars as a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for armed heists by night. Though a loner by nature, Driver can’t help falling in love with his beautiful neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a vulnerable young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband Standard (Oscar Isaac). After a heist intended to pay off Standard’s protection money spins unpredictably out of control, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly serious criminals. But when he realizes that the gangsters are after more than the bag of cash in his trunk-that they’re coming straight for Irene and her son-Driver is forced to shift gears and go on offense. 

@PatHanavan‘s Thoughts:

Drive starts out with a great opening scene and really pulls you into the story from the start. That I liked, what I did not like though was the development of Ryan Gosling‘s character. That statement may have been possibly phrased wrong, there was no development of his character. Unfortunately I would love to be able to give a great review about Ryan Gosling‘s preformance but it would be damn near impossible to do that. His character is completely monotone and shows absolutely no emotion. You can tell by his love for Irene and her son that he is at least compassionate, but, fear, happiness, sadness, etc. are completely non-existent. The character was obviously written this way for a reason but due to those reasons, I was not sold on the realness of Ryan Gosling‘s character.

It’s about at the half way point of the movie where the movie takes a hard left turn. By hard left turn I am referring to a woman’s head that explodes due to a close range shotgun blast. From that scene on through the rest of the movie there are some pretty graphic and original kill scenes. I am always a fan when a movie comes along and switches up the norms.

While Ryan Gosling is out in rampage mode there is one thing besides his emotions that also do not change, his jacket. A white jacket with a giant yellow scorpion on the back. Killing people in rampage mode is a messy job, he illustrates this when he kicks a gentleman’s skull in inside and elevator. As a result his nice white scorpion jacket is covered with blood immediately identifying him as at least a suspect of some crime. Instead there is no mention of the cops on his tail and the general public just seems to look the other way not noticing his jacket.

Carey Mulligan, I don’t know how to describe my thoughts on her. She is cute, then the more I watch her the more attractive I find her, then I feel as if I am creepy because she looks like she is only 17. I was not a fan of her in the sequel to Wall Street but she really grew on me in this movie. Before I got too attracted to her, I did look up her birthdate. Getting off point though.

Besides everything mentioned above, this movie was definitely a sleeper in 2011 and if you are like the majority of people who watch movies you will most likely hate the ending. It is a cliff hanger of sorts that leaves you with unanswered questions.

Watch this movie and let me know what you think!




  1. Stuver said:

    Very well written Pat. I thoroughly enjoyed “Drive” also, partially because I am such a huge auto enthusiast. The movie was slow at some points but very cool overall.

  2. Pat Hanavan said:

    Thank you sir, yea the movie started out slow but once the shotgun scene happens it gets pretty F’n intense!

  3. D-Rex said:

    Pretty much agree on all your views on this movie, but gotta say that you left out the awful awful 80s style emo movie music and the super slow scenes. It was excrutiating to sit through the ‘relationship’ of him and the chick. Loved the violent parts. Should have been a sex scene. That’s all.

  4. Pat Hanavan said:

    I dug the soundtrack and after learning of her actual age, I agree with the sex scene

  5. Will Mastele said:

    I fell asleep, before the shotgun blast, because after the opening scene ( whicj was bad-ass) the only person that seemed to talk was Malcoms dad. That jacket Gosling was wearing was something from Real Housewives of New Jersey and is equivalent to the water at the bottom of a dumpster. His character was dry and had no personality. I’m going to have to watch it again if you say it gets that good at some point, but my brain couldn’t handle the bore of the beginning again.

  6. Pat Hanavan said:

    Hahaha Will! Def watch it. For real the movie gets insane after Standard gets out of jail.

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