Drive

There are few things I like more than Ryan Gosling, so I go with some friends to see his new movie, ‘Drive’. I know two things about this movie. One, it stars Ryan Gosling. Two, it’s called ‘Drive’. I’m certain I will enjoy it. The opening credits roll and the same florid pink letters that Tom Cruise’s ‘Cocktail’ sported so proudly announce that Ryan Gosling will be accompanied by various other actors. One of whom is Carey Mulligan. Carey Mulligan is a tremendously talented actor, but will forever be for me the girl in ‘An Education’ who refuses to lose her virginity to a banana.(We watched this movie during a skiing holiday, and spent the rest of our time on the slopes shouting ‘David, I don’t want to lose my virginity to a piece of fruit’ at one another. I really like to think we did our bit to improve the reputation of the British abroad). There are a couple of things I like instantly about ‘Drive’. It is extremely shiny. You might not think that is a good thing, but when compared to the picture quality of films genuinely made in the 80s, ‘Drive’ is a clear winner. I spend much of the first scene congratulating myself on living long enough to see such advances in digital media. (One’s sense of personal accomplishment increases exponentially when you take credit for things other people have achieved).  I then spend some time wondering why Ryan Gosling’s voiceover is so somber. ‘Ryan!’ I want to tell him. ‘You’re absolutely beautiful. Any girl would be lucky to have you. And it seems that for this part you got to drive around really fast and dangerously in cars. Your life is a dream! Stop sulking and enjoy it.’ It seems Ryan is playing a stunt car driver who does overtime as a getaway driver. He takes everything very seriously. I wonder if we would be as well matched as I thought previously. Carey Mulligan has been cast as the vulnerable next-door-neighbour. She has an impossibly cute son who she is far too young to have given birth to. She has a haircut she is far too poor to afford. So far, I really like everything about this film. I’m pretty certain I will enjoy it. I don’t want to ruin the movie for those of you who haven’t seen it, so I won’t say if I did, but just a quick heads up- it is NOT a rom-com. And there is a reason why Ryan Gosling is so serious. And in hindsight, the cheery pink of the opening credits is DECEPTIVE. But you know, by all means, go see it.

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