Monday, February 6, 2012
Driven to select this week's muse
He'll tell you it was the worst movie he's ever seen, even suggesting that it was second worst only to The Expendables. Really? In my opinion, the only thing Expendables had going for it was a bunch of big action stars hanging out together for one really bad hour and a half. (Thank goodness for the hotness that is Jason Statham...)
Drive had much more going for it than that.
Starting, of course, with the incredibly sexy Ryan Gosling.
The opening scene in the movie is quite impressive, with Gosling delivering some fabulous driving skills as a hired get-away man. Perhaps it gave my husband a false sense of security that Drive was a fast-paced, high-action thrilling ride, like Fast and the Furious.
It's not. Not at all. But if you're prepared for that, you can settle in for what I thought was a stroke of cinematic brilliance. The movie is not without its flaws, of course. The first half is a bit slow, and there were times during Gosling's quiet, stoic, and somewhat zombie-like character performance that I wanted to shout at the screen, "Just talk, damn it!"
That's not saying anything about Gosling's performance. He's brilliant.
As is the violence. Saying that may unnerve some people, but as a fan of Quentin Tarantino, and a lover of thrillers, I've seen gore that ranks much higher on the gross scale. I don't mind when violence makes a point other than just shocking the audience. To me, Drive achieved this goal - and then some.
Perhaps more importantly, the movie seems stuck to me, evoking a buffet of emotions I can't quite shake. Maybe it's the gore, but more likely it's the style in which the movie was shot - and a little bit of Gosling's sexy smile. There were moments in the film that literally took my breath away. I want to write something this well done - and have Gosling star in it, of course.
The soundtrack is spectacular. In fact, I'm listening to it right now as I write this post. For the second time this morning.
It wasn't a stretch to choose this week's muse avatar. Part of me was already heading in that direction because he's a favourite of my friend Stephanie's (and I accidentally gave the nod to Ryan Reynolds last time), but after seeing Drive, I'm all over Gosling for the role. I'm sure he'll make a great muse in what's shaping up to be a busy work and writing week.
I'm also quite certain, I'll be listening to this song over and over again to fuel that inspiration:
PS - Did you see Drive? What did you think?
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