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Movie Review: Ryan Gosling in Drive


Drive is both a typical and an atypical heist movie.

It's typical in the sense that it features car chases, gun battles and double crosses. But it's atypical because it's so much more than that.

Ryan Gosling (who was seen on the Muse for the Blue Valentine movie review) stars as Driver--that's right--he has no name in this movie. Calling his character a bit weird would be an understatement. It's clear that he has issues with his past, no real need to have many friends, but obviously seeks pleasure in the rush he receives from driving fast cars.

His knack for being a great driver allows him to play a Hollywood stuntman by day and a getaway wheelman by night. He doesn't care who you are, what you're stealing or why. He just wants you to do it in a 5-minute window.

Gosling's character ends up befriending his neighbor (played by Carey Mulligan) and her son. Most of their relationship is shown through touches and driving sequences--they are definitely not a talkative bunch.

Anyway, we learn that Mulligan's husband is getting out of prison and he has a debt to pay some bad guys. Gosling's character decides to help him so that Mulligan and her son don't get harmed. The heist goes all wrong and Gosling is left to either pick up the pieces or get killed.

I must say that every time I saw Carey Mulligan with Ryan it just reminded me of that other cute little blonde girl with the pixie haircut (Michelle Williams) so I knew their relationship was doomed from the start. A lot of other great actors shine in this slow-moving, semi-indie film including Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman.

Yes, Christina Hendricks is in too, but her boobs don't make an appearance and she's dressed like a street hooker so you might miss her.

What I loved about this movie was its typical & atypical heist style because I'm a girl who loves a great heist film. But at the same time, the indie feel mixed with little-to-no dialogue at certain points made me feel great placing this movie in a heist league of its own. Not to mention that elevator scene!

Plus, there are many, many scenes where Ryan speaks with his eyes and smile alone. He's probably the best at conveying a message with his abs or smile. Am I right? If you don't believe me, check him out as a Man Candy Monday treat!

Besides, there was '80s music! And who doesn't love '80s music!

4 of 5 Hearts!

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  1. There are so many movies of his I still need to see! Great review...looking forward to seeing it even more! Hope you have a great day!

  2. i can't decide if i want to go to the theater or just wait until it's out on video. i definitely want to see it though.

  3. Carey Mulligan is such fun in her roles.
    Added this film to my list. Excellent review;-)

  4. I didn't even know this film existed until now! And I am definitely going to see it. :) Great review! xoxo

  5. Sounds great, will have to add it to my list to see..loved the review :) xx

  6. lots of buzz about this movie, i'm going to have to check it out!

  7. SO happy you reviewed this! It's been on my list and now I'm definitely going to see it :) xoxo

  8. I've heard so many good things about this, so I'll see it eventually, but probably not in theatres. I only go to the theatre if I know I'll love something, haha. Its too expensive to go all the time

  9. I feel a little bit guilty saying that Drive needed more driving. When the action comes it is tense and artfully done without shying away from the extreme violence, but that all starts to go away as soon as the characters start talking, or sighing and looking at each other. Nice review. Check out mine when you get a chance.

  10. I would so hit that.
    No joke.
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  11. I'm going to see him in Blue Valentine this weekend. He's a really intense actor

  12. Oh I want to see this. But I dunno if I want to see it if the theater or wait for it to come out On Demand.

  13. I'm definitely going to check this out because I haven't been disappointed yet after seeing a movie you positively reviewed.

  14. the movie sounds interesting.will check it out when it gets released here

  15. Ryan Gosling is so hot. I want to see this film!

  16. i've heard about drive and all, but i didn't think i'd want to watch it. but after reading your review, i am definitely interested in seeing it. :)

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  17. i really want to see this - hopefully this weekend :)

  18. Ryan Gosling is amazing in everything. :)

  19. ^ I second that. Completely <3

  20. he's so freaking hot! i so love ryan gosling <3

  21. I am seeing this film this weekend and am beyond excited, Especially since, "Ides of March" will be out in a few weeks and I can again curb my incessant Ryan Gosling fix. Great review. I thing Gosling is an exceptional actor and is incredibly good-looking which makes me all the more interested in watching his films : ).


  22. oh wow... sounds like this should be on my 'to do' for this wknd.
    guess what... lion king 3d... AMAZING! lol hope all is well!

  23. OMIGOSH! I saw this over the weekend and LOVED it. I totally agree about Gosling able to speak with his eyes. He's amazing in it. And I love the whole feel of the film actually and the tension that runs through it. I am not a big violence person and I think the violence was super crazy but it added to the whole feeling of "oh man! anything can happen!" which really elevated the tension.

    Oh Ryan you could not be more perfect! You know he has a giving tree tattoo!??! Like I have one too...I have the tree and he has the boy in my head that makes us meant to be...my BF is ok with this.

  24. Awesome review!
    Must see this one!


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  26. Bookmarked. He seems to get hotter with every project/film he's apart of these days. Wow!

  27. Thanks for the great review! I've been seeing the trailer a lot here and was immediately intrigued. I definitely got the feeling it's not an ordinary heist movie (then again, I expect nothing less of Gosling), so I'm definitely going to try to see this soon!

  28. He seems to be all over lately! I really loved "Crazy Stupid Love" so I am looking forward to seeing this side of Ryan Gosling's acting chops as well!

  29. Not sure if this is my type of movie but I did like your review!


  30. That movie does look interesting!! Thanks for sharing.

    p.s. missed your blog. :)


  31. He's been in so many movies recently...which is a GREAT thing of course ;)

  32. nice blog!follow us and we will follow you!

  33. Ryan is so hot - I want to see this movie! haha you are totally right about Carey and Michelle Williams looking alike with their pixies ;)

  34. lmfao! I love how you described christina hendrix and how ryan gosling talks with his smile...and his abs! great review.

    xx Raez

  35. Ryan Gosling i the best actor for me! I am looking forward to watch the movie!

  36. I love this review. This is on my list of movies to see but I can't seem to convince my bf of it's worth lol.


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