Drive — starring Ryan Gosling — arrives in Australian cinemas
Director Nicolas Winding Refn’s stunning neo-noir film Drive arrives in Australian cinemas today. I wrote about it earlier this year as part of my coverage of the Melbourne International Film Festival. If you missed it, here’s my review:
Drive, the story of a Hollywood stunt driver who moonlighters as a getaway man, is a white hot neo noir scorcher starring Rylan Gosling as a protag known only as Driver. In true noir fashion, Driver lands himself smack bang in the centre of a gnarly web of crime and murder after a random encounter with a dame. A heist goes bad, a price is put on Driver’s head, and blood splattered mayhem ensues.
Watching this film just two weeks after seeing Howard Hawk’s The Big Sleep on the big screen provided a fascinating contrast. Drive is how noir is done these days: gone is the spiffy backchat, the crisp fast-flowing Chandler prose through which much of the “violence” and innuendo spilled. Drive is gruesome and gritty. Not many hard-boiled crime films can get away with an 80s soundtrack and extensive use of pink Brush Script MT but Refn, mastering all the elements, can do no wrong. Drive is immaculately designed and terrifically acted — a slam dunk of cinematic brilliance. It’s one of the best films of the year.