Excerpt: For the record: I ABSOLUTELY HATED "Drive" (2011) -- Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn's first film collaboration. I thought "Drive" was slow, underwhelming, and FILLED with hackneyed dialogue. (Listen to it!) I thought it was silly and OVERRATED (and yes, a little).
Summary: Violent, beautiful, choreographed, cold, distant, thoughtful, philosophical... I love Refn's work. 'Drive', 'Bronson' and the 'Pusher' trilogy are superb, but this is a tough one to like. It sure looks gorgeous, but if it's Hollywood cliche you're seeking - go see 'Fast & Furious 26' instead.
Summary: Once again, Refn makes a bold impression. The cinematography, music and production design is all so impressive. I was well absorbed, and tense throughout - the sense of menace is vivid. A great genre piece, I just wish for a little more in the way of script, and less in the way of explicit violence.
Summary: As the ultimate mother/bitch from hell, Kristin Scott Thomas proves you can take the trash out of the trailer park but you can't take the trailer park out of the trash... She just drags it around with her creating hell wherever she hauls up.
Great cinematography and imagery but overly gruesome
24 November 2013
Summary: Positives: Great performance by Kristin Scott Thomas who stands head and shoulders above the other actors. Stunning cinematography and imagery - the dragon wallpaper in the apartment is visually spectacular. Downsides: Quite slow. Overly gruesome. No likeable characters.