Friday 2nd May 2014

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Year: 2011
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Oscar Isaac, Ron Perlman

I recorded this because I was quite keen to watch it - I knew it had received a lot of critical acclaim, and whilst I didn't know that much about it, I was pretty curious. A conversation with a colleague (after I had recorded the movie) did put me off a little though - he claimed it was a pretty slow movie, and I just don't really feel like there's time in my life for slow movies at the moment.

I'm pleased to say that, whilst he was right, it didn't matter. The movie is meant to be slow - that's part of the point. It's aiming to set up a certain sort of atmosphere which, I feel, it achieves perfectly.

The less you know about Drive the better, I suspect - but there are a couple of things I can say that won't ruin anything.The driver in question (Gosling) is a stunt car driver, but also works as a get-away driver. And that's where things get interesting. Interesting enough that I don't really want to say any more.

Yes, Drive is slow - but I was never bored; the next thing always came fast enough to keep me intrigued. Besides, it's only 90 minutes long anyway. Worth seeking out if you enjoy something a bit different.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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I live in Bristol with my husband Dan (who I married in July 2007), my son Joe (born 2012) and daughter Jess (born 2015). I work at UWE (the University of the West of England) in Bristol as a Research and Open Access Librarian. I'm orginally from Exeter, so moving back to Bristol is a bit like coming home - especially as I studied for my undergraduate degree here (also at UWE). I love travelling and movies, although I get to do a lot less of both since the birth of our children. Although we have still managed to fit in holidays to the Isles of Scilly, Chamonix and a summer in California since Joe was born.