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Re: General Movie Discussion Part II
I don't like Drive very much at all. Always thought the movie was pseudo-complex atmospheric fare, and Gosling's Cerebral Palsy-like blank staring throughout just completely drew me out of the experience. On one hand, it seemed like this movie was trying to appeal to the Lynch crowd, and in other instances it felt like an overly stylized bubble gum vehicle to launch Gosling into superstar status. If there was ever an example of a movie's sum of it's parts coming together awkwardly, this would be it. It might've helped if the emotional depth in main performances didn't have the sincerity of a $3 bill. Nonetheless, it will go down as a cult classic and will likely top people's "favorite movies ever" list for years to come. That's just how the cookie crumbles sometimes.
I found Bronson good for the most part, especially in the first half. Tom Hardy is the core of that movie and displays a rare dose of charisma reminiscent of Dennis Hopper's character from Blue Velvet or Malclom Mc Dowell from A Clockwork Orange. It's a testament to Tom Hardy's acting chops that he was able to do Bronson justice, a notorious nutjob in real life.
I've never been very high on Nicolas Winding Refn in general. He comes across as a pretentious Ass during interviews and I always found his movies to be heavier on style than substance. He seems to have trouble sustaining his narratives in his movies since they often fall apart at around the halfway mark. I did enjoy the Pusher trilogy to an extent, it's probably the most interesting thing he's done even if i'm not in any hurry to revisit those anytime soon.