Originally Posted by lwright84
One of the aspects many people are celebrating is the sound design and score. Here is a brand new interview with the film's composer:
I SECOND THAT!!! I saw it last night. The score is kind of an atmospheric, almost techno-like beat that pulsate through the film. And the sound design matches the sudden intense fury that the film itself has. Gunshots and crashes will jar you out of your seat.
Have to disagree with the above poster about Gosling, I think he was perfect. He wasn't supposed to be the epitome of cool--he WAS a not-too-bright guy getting caught up in all the wrong situations. However, he did so with a boiling intensity that seemed to idle right below the surface, waiting to explode.
This film is absolutely dripping with "cool"; however, it takes a FILM fan to enjoy it--it is not for mass consumption. It is slow-burning and atmospheric (if you saw Animal Kingdom, it's up there, with less intensity yet more style).
However, I do not think it a perfect film. The pacing seemed to steadily decrease throughout the entire film. They were going for that slow-burning intensity feel, but I don't think they quite nailed it--I found myself waiting for something to happen for far too long as certain parts of the film. And the second half of the film seems to think sudden bursts of violence will replace the adrenaline pumping, white-knuckled chase scenes from the first half; they prove to be an inadequate replacement.
On the other hand, I don't think I've ever seen a film so gracefully self-aware. You know exactly what's going on in the characters heads and the film KNOWS what you're thinking (it shows this in several scenes where it holds the suspense very well and for much long than you think it would.)
Overall, it's very highly recommendable to film buffs, but I'd advise "normal" people to stay away.