Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Writers: Hossein Amini (based on James Sallis book)
Drive is a directorial masterpiece. The atmosphere Widing Refn creates is pretty much unprecedented, which he accomplishes mostly because of the cinematography, acting method and editing rhythm, proving a mastery of the director’s craft. Although Refn seems to insist on showing off naked women without a real narrative reason, the pace is just right – never too slow, even if there’s pause, never too fast, even if there’s action.
The cast is overall satisfying, although it’s worthy to point out the lack of emotion and iconicity from the “bad guys”: they came across forgettable in the film’s universe. Gosling is utterly genius in his cold-thinker but warm-hearted Driver character, whom delivers the most sincere onscreen feelings without saying much.
As for technical aspects, sound and music are on point, bringing a dry retro aesthetic to the film’s totality, except for one song in particular which made me mute the scene for a while. Drive‘s cinematography is crucial: what we see is the Driver’s own solitary world, and what is meant to look like the ordinary life space is elevated by Newton Thomas Sigel‘s delicate and high-contrast eye. Altogether, a true experience that won’t leave my mind.
A shot: the elevator
A song: Nightcall by Kavinsky