'Drive' review round-up: Is Ryan Gosling the new Steve McQueen?
Many are hailing Ryan Gosling's "Drive" as the return of the car movie. We imagine "The Fast and the Furious" would like to argue that point. But in any case, Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film is oozing with cool. We are big fans of "Bronson," Refn's cult classic that introduced us to Tom Hardy, so consider us in line. Can Refn's "Drive" do for getaway drivers what "Bronson" did for bare-knuckle prison brawls? We're obviously too biased to rely on, so allow this spread of impartial reviews to help you make up your mind. Or just go see the "The Lion King 3D."
- Slate: "Ryan Gosling's incarnation of the hauntingly lonely Driver is a beautifully realized, complete performance. He understands not just the psychology of the character, but how he fits into the tone and pacing of the film as a whole."
- NY Times: "'Drive' [is] the coolest movie around and therefore the latest proof that cool is never cool enough."
- Hollywood Reporter: "[I]t's a fun, if not exhilarating, ride, one sped along with the help of a wonderfully assembled cast. Gosling makes a bid to enter the iconic ranks of tough, self-possessed American screen actors -- Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin..."
- NY Magazine: "Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive'...is every bit as dumb as August's 'Conan the Barbarian' but awash in neon-lit nightscapes and existential dread..."
- IGN: "It's a film that has its finger on the pulse of what's current and in style...[it] has solidified its place as the coolest film of the year...an instant cult classic."
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