I had the movie at the top of my Netflix queue on Jim's recommendation and it arrived on it's release date (January 31st). It was violent, as Jim said but I don't think it will get an Oscar nod. I was disappointed with the lack of dialogue and the unusual turn of them never giving the lead character a name, other than "Driver". Over half of it would have ended up on the cutting room floor, had I been the editor. I saw a review on IMDB that called it "the antithesis of Fast & Furious" and I agree wholeheartedly. I was impressed with Byron Cranston (Shannon) whom I became familiar with in Breaking Bad. I gave it three stars.
MINE ARRIVED TOO...AND I SAW IT YESTERDAY. OVER ALL I LIKED IT. AT FIRST IT WAS SLOW MOVING, AND MINIMAL DIALOGUE...BUT I FOUND IT TO BE MOODY AND BROODING IN A SORT OF MELANCHOLY WAY....VERY DIFFERENT ROLE FOR CRANSTON AS I KNOW HIM FROM A COMEDY SHOW PLAYING A BEFUDDLED AND SILLY SORT OF DAD IN "MALCOM IN THE MIDDLE"
. ALSO USED TO SEEING ALBERT BROOKS IN FUNNY ROLES, OR THE GUY WITH ALL THE ANGST.
THE BEGINNING OF THE MOVIE WAS SURE DIFFERENT THAN THE SECOND HALF COMES IN WITH MORE ACTION...I DIDN'T MIND THE VIOLENCE...SEEMED REAL AND FIT WHAT WAS GOING ON. I WAS CURIOUS ABOUT THE DRIVER AND HIS BACK STORY...AN INTERESTING CHARACTER...AND GOSLING WAS PERFECT FOR THE ROLE. OVER ALL I LIKED THE MOVIE VERY MUCH.
Cranston shows his versatility in this. But if you ever watch Breaking Bad, you'll really see how good he is and all evidence of Malcolm's bungling dad will be removed. I liked the not everything turns out well ending of this, kinda like in Once. Brooks should have got an Oscar Nom.
I just saw him in another good one last night, called Contagion. He's quite versatile. If you haven't seen it yet, rent it. The movie is pretty basic for a disease disaster, but well written, and acted by a big name cast such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Elliott Gould, Jude Law, and as I said, Bryan Cranston.
I LIKED THE NON-FORMULA ASPECTS OF THE MOVIE TOO...AND THE ENDING. IT WAS A BROODING AND MELANCHOLY PIECE. AND I FIND MYSELF THINKING ABOUT IT LATER. I CAN ALWAYS TELL WHEN I LIKE A CHARACTER I CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM...AND I FELT BAD WHEN HE DIDN'TGET WHAT HE WANTED.....
IT WAS A COMPLIMENT I WAS MAKING ABOUT CRANSTON...FROM MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE TO DRIVE SURELY SHOWS A VERSITLE ACTOR...
Don't forget the adorable and very talented Marion Cotillard in Contagion. I took your point about Cranston, Karen, I was expanding on it and he's terrific as are all the actors in Drive. But Cransto is a nice guy in this compared to what he has devolved into in BB. BTW did you notice Christine Hendricks from Mad Men in Drive? Short but important role. Do you watch Mad Men?
I HAVEN'T WATCHED MEN TREATING WOMEN BADLY...OOPS I MEAN BAD MEN...OOPS AGAIN A TYPO...MAD MEN....BUT I KNOW SOME OF THE STARS FROM ALL THE SHOW PUBLICITY...AND I KNOW THE WELL ENDOWED RED-HEAD CHRISTINE...AND I MISSED HER ROLE IN DRIVE....WHAT DID SHE PLAY?
Blanche and she lost her head about an hour into the movie.
I watch Mad Men religiously, Jim, as I worked in the Advertising business in the 60's/70's and know all those agencies by the alphabet references. I never saw Cranston in the sitcom K knew him from. I don't know Marion Cotillard. Who did she play in Contagion?
Karen seems to feel about John Hamm and his merry misogynistic minions like I do about the Crew Cuts(See Trivia). I haven't seen Contagion, but I think she plays the French? Doctor. She won her Oscar for playing Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. She played Mal in Inception. Anyway, good role choice for Christine. Malcolm in the Middle was a Fox comedy in the early 2000s. Cranston was haplessly good, nowhere recognizable as the Walt White character, hardly a comedic schmuck. Speaking of BB, they're gonna miss Gus(Giancarlo Esposito), who by the way is now on Once Upon a Time(Good Show) as the Man in the Mirror per Snow white, and Mr. Glass in StoryBrooke. If you haven't seen this show, Sunday at 8 it's really different.
Too bad about Giancarlo. I knew him from Homicide: Life on the Streets and liked him. Once Upon A Time is too fairy tales for my taste so I prolly wouldn't like Mr. Glass either. Besides, Sunday night I spend recording CBS prime time, trying to get the full episode of The Good Wife for me (the smartest thing on TV since West Wing) and CSI Miami for Dale.
OMG, she's gonna have back trouble.
Don't know which show you're referring to, that you felt the same as Jim, K? Don't understand the Crewcuts remark at all, didn't see the remark in Trivia. As for "Blanche" (all three of her) yep, gonna have some back problems.