Victor A. De Vasconcelos
Released in 2011, Drive stars Ryan Gosling as the unnamed Driver, a part-time stuntman and getaway driver, as he grows closer to his neighbour (Carey Mulligan) and her son despite his cold and violent nature. Chasing this dream, the Driver’s thrilling journey is equal parts exciting chase scenes and tragic redemption.
The movie’s soundtrack, especially the song “Nightcall”by Kavinsky, stands out as the film’s greatest aspect which completes the 80s aesthetic the movie embodies. With its deep, dreadful beats filling half the scenes, the music brings out the tension that’s looming just under the surface. With a synthwave and neon lit atmosphere, the movie uses lights, colours, and music as the emotional drive of the script; what a regular script would tell an audience explicitly, this one expresses it through its atmosphere.
Despite the amazing mood the film creates, it is a bit lacking in its dialogue, which causes the emotional connection between Ryan Gosling and his co-star Carrey Mulligan to fall flat on its own. Its special effects are also a bit on the weak side with the use of digital blood splatters being quite prevalent in some parts.
I’d recommend Drive to any 80s aficionados and fans of electronic music as it hooks you in with its opening chase scene, and it doesn’t let you go for its 100 minute runtime. Although, if you aren’t part of the aforementioned groups or don’t enjoy movies solely for the mood they create, Drive might not grip you as much.
Originally Published on www.bandersnatch.ca Vol.49 Issue 13 on April 15th, 2020