Movie Review: Drive

Have you seen this movie?  I honestly can’t remember what possessed me to decide to Netflix it but nonetheless it showed up in my mailbox the other day so the hubs and I decided to watch it.  Here’s the synopsis that’s listed on Netflix’s website … “A Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver is lured from his isolated life by a lovely neighbor and her young son. His newfound peace is shattered, however, when her violent husband is released from prison.”

SPOILER ALERT (stop reading this paragraph if you don’t want to know) – doesn’t that synopsis lead you to believe that perhaps the husband who comes home is pissed to find some guy with his wife and that they’re gonna duke it out?  That’s what I got from that.  Turns out, the husband isn’t violent at all.  He’s just an idiot. 

Ok, spoiler alert over. 

The movie is dark.  And violent.  And the violence is extremely unexpected.  It sort of shows up out of the blue.  When it did, Hubs turned to me and said ‘I didn’t realize this was THAT kind of movie.’  Well said Husband, neither did I. 

Drive definitely has a Sundance Film Festival feel to it.  It’s definitely more artsy than action-y even though there’s some action and violence.  Ryan Gosling, who plays the main character (whose name we never get by the way) has about ten words in the entire movie.  His character is very quiet and broody.  Honestly I couldn’t figure the guy out.  We get absolutely zero backstory on him.  Is he quiet because he’s just a quiet guy?  Is he harboring some serious anger and violent tendencies?  Is he half mime?  Who knows.  You never do find out anything about the guy. 

Personally, I thought the movie was dull and gory.  It got good reviews from critics but only so-so reviews from ‘the common viewer’ but I wouldn’t watch it again.  Guess that makes me a common viewer. 

If you saw this movie what did you think? 

Sidenote:  it’s really strange to see Albert Brooks play a bad guy.  Like a stab-someone-in-the-eye-with-a-fork bad guy.  The only other movies I know him from are Finding Nemo and The In-Laws.  In both movies he plays a cowardly geek of a father.  I kept seeing him in the scene in The In-Laws where he ends up in the hot tub with the gay arms dealer.  It was hard to see that guy as a bad guy. 

Side-sidenote:  what the heck was the costumer thinking in this movie?  What’s with the silver puffy quilt jacket with yellow scorpions on it that Gosling wears throughout the movie?  Does his character just have no fashion sense?  Does he secretly worship in a scorpion cult?  Does he have a poisonous stinger growing out of his bum?  I just don’t get it.  For a guy who is a tough guy he looks ridiculous in this outfit.

Movie Review: Crazy, Stupid, Love.

I’ve gotta say I was pretty skeptical about watching this movie.  I like Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (in fact I think Emma Stone is a great actress) but I cannot, repeat CANNOT stand Steve Carell.  Watching ‘The Office’ would be torture for me.  I’d tell you anything you wanted to know just please stop the stupidity.  I realize I’m probably not in the majority there and that’s ok. 

I’m sort of sad that the best line in the movie (Will you take off your shirt… fuck! Seriously? It’s like you’re Photoshopped!) was in all the previews/trailers.  I hate it when they show the best parts and the rest of the movie didn’t live up to them.  I mean, it’s a great line but still… I wanted the whole movie to be that good. 

The part of the story that’s the most believable to me though is this:  getting divorced after 25 years because you just don’t know who the other person is anymore (or you’re just not interested in who they turned out to be).  I get it.  I cannot even imagine getting married at 17 because you’re knocked up and trying to establish a lasting relationship off of that.  I swore if I ever got pregnant before I was married (sorry mom) that I wouldn’t get married just because I was pregnant.  I would have the kid, and wait it out for a looooong while before deciding to take that plunge.  If the guy was still around and we were still happy years later then ok, fine, let’s get married.  That being said, I think that once you’re married, you’re married, and that you work it out (barring infidelity or abuse).  I’ve told the Hubs a zillion times: I don’t believe in divorce, I believe in death (translation: I’ll kill you if you screw up bad enough for me to divorce you).  So anyway, that part I get.  And I’m GLAD that they’re not all happy-go-lucky-sunshine-and-rainbows at the very end.  There’s hope, but there’s not some magic-moment-fairy-tale kiss.  It’s reality people. 

The kid who plays their son (Jonah Bobo) does a fantastic job.  He really is the star of this movie.  I hope he sticks with acting because if he does (and he doesn’t get all stardom crazy) he’ll have a great future ahead of him.

The triangle between Jonah Bobo’s character, Steve Carell’s character, and the babysitter (Analeigh Tipton) is just creepy.  I’ve dated older men, but I was well into my twenties and the guy was in his thirties.  And I dated a guy who was two years younger than me but I honestly never could get over it.  The idea that she loves the dad (easily 20 years her senior…eww) and that the kid loves the babysitter (he’s 4 years her junior) is just creepy.  I totally get the kid loving the sitter, I mean, I’m not a boy and I don’t have a son or brothers but my guess is that this is a relatively normal thing.  Still, it creeps me out. 

I wish they would have fleshed out Ryan Gosling’s character a bit more.  All we know about him is that his mom was a snob, his dad was a weenie, and he’s loaded.  That’s not much of a backstory.  I mean, it’s sort of enough for you to figure out why he is the way he is but still… I wanted more.  It’s sort of the same thing with Emma Stone’s character.  We know she’s studying for the bar exam and her current leading-man (played by Josh Groban who honestly should really just stick to singing ) is just lame. 

Then, hovering in the sidelines, is Liza Lapira who plays Emma Stone’s best friend.  She’s hysterical in this.  It made me wish that she and Emma had had more time together in the movie. 

I also think it’s kind of weird that there’s a third child (Joey King) in all of this who we basically never see.  I think she has maybe five words in the entire two-hour movie.  Seriously?  What was the point?  I mean, besides showing the couple to be the ‘typical American family’ with 2.7 kids and a house (all that’s missing is the dog). 

I don’t know, I’m just sort of torn on this one.  It wasn’t bad.  I laughed some.  But I didn’t get to the credits and think to myself ‘damn!  Let’s watch that again!’ like I did with this movie.

What about you guys?  Have you seen it?  Did you like it?  Can we still be friends even though I think The Office could be used as a Chinese torture device?