Originally Posted by eric.exe
I enjoyed the movie quite a bit but 80% of Gosling's performance was smirking
Originally Posted by zoey67
Ya, this is why I loathed him in Crazy, stupid, Love. The dude has to chill out on that pretty boy pose smirk of his. But in Drive it was tolerable because I felt that his smirk was a nice addition to his unknown, dark, mysterious character.
I watched Drive again last night, this time on BD. I continue to think it's a pretty good film, too, but was weakened by Ryan Gosling's actorish performance. As you both noted, his smirking was annoying. Even more annoying, though, was his affectation with the toothpick. What was that
about? And almost as bad was his dead eyed catatonic stare. Watching the Driver morph from a simple criminal wheelman and part time stunt driver into a romping, stomping superhero, or more accurately super-antihero, could have been compelling but for Gosling's mannered tics.
The PQ and AQ of the BD were outstanding, I thought. Some of the nighttime aerial shots of downtown LA were breathtakingly beautiful. The music was well chosen,too, and it sounded great. Despite my negative reaction to Gosling's performance in Drive, the overall quality of the film has made me a Nicholas Winding Refn fan. I am looking forward to seeing what he does next. Drive isn't a great film but it is a very good one. Recommended, 7 Stars out of 10.
PS: Among the BD's special features is a 25 minute featurette in which Refn talks about the film. I thought it was both informative and entertaining.