Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carrey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Pearlman, Christina Hendricks, Oscar Issac, Albert Brooks.
The film’s of Nicolas Winding Refn have been described as pretentious, needlessly provocative and very hit & miss. Some of those criticisms I would certainly agree with, however there is one Refn film that most people can agree is worth your time, that film is Drive.
A stunt driver makes money of the side of his day job by acting as a wheel man for hire to various unsavoury characters. He befriends his neighbour and her young son, but the jail release of her husband brings with it a world of trouble for the Driver.
Released back in 2011, Driver, based on the James Sallis novel of the same name, earned itself rave reviews from critics & cinema goers alike for its ice cool delivery and neo-noir styling. The casting was superb, the none-cooler Ryan Gosling taking the lead alongside Brit Carey Mulligan with intimidating support from the likes of Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Albert Brooks & Christina Hendricks. It was a cast list as effortlessly cool as the film itself. Winding Refn isn’t one to stand still for long and not one for doing the same thing twice, to his credit & detriment. On Driver he helped to craft something truly special and unique in style & presentation, from the stunning cinematography of the L.A skyline to the gorgeous synth soundtrack from Cliff Martinez, the whole film is a joy to watch from start to finish.
Drive is one of those films that comes along every few years a just clicks with you, ticks all the boxes as it were. Dramatic, violent, hyper-stylised and effortlessly cool. If you haven’t seen this film I’d highly recommend that you do ASAP.