It’s been a while since a movie has impressed me as much as Drive. David and Margaret’s review outlines much of what I would like to say about this film; although my instant uneasiness about Carey Mulligan’s casting faded as the story progressed (I thought she was too “classy” for the character but then felt that if she wasn’t, Irene would be the stereotypical “poor, past her looks struggling mother whose husband is in prison”).
Drive also introduced me to Ryan Gosling. I couldn’t stand The Notebook, didn’t finish Lars and the Real Girl and thought Blue Valentine just wasn’t right. I didn’t realise how good he is. More importantly, I just didn’t have the thing that so many ladies have for him. Now I do.
I didn’t mind the violence and could appreciate the cars, even though the engine sounds made me feel I was in a very different version of Disney’s Cars (possibly Cars 2 as well but I haven’t seen that one to be able to confirm).
Lastly, I don’t think I’ve heard a better soundtrack. The montage (including a Ryan Gosling slow-mo) to College’s A Real Hero is a memorable one for me.