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October 3, 2011

Drive and Moneyball reviews

Filed under: Movie reviews — BJ @ 11:09 pm
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Last Wednesday, the Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live offered $5 movies all day, and so I made the trek out there that night to catch up on the latest. On the day that movie prices were cheapest, I movie-hopped for the first time in my life. That’s right, I saved $5. Tens more on any other night; weeknight admission prices at this theater are $12.50.


I only remember one three-second clip from this movie, and I was sold based on its IMDb rating (at its peak, it reached an 8.6 or an 8.8) and the intriguing premise. It was to put it simply, refreshing. It started out as an innocent love story between Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan‘s characters, and then halfway through the movie on, no one in the theater expected it to play out the way it did.

Ladies looking for a fun Gosling flick will be shocked at the extreme violence, as two girls next to me covered their faces with their hands at some moments and a girl behind me said in Korean, “That’s too disgusting.” Dumb bitch.

Gosling delivers as he always does with a captivating performance, and Nicolas Refn won Best Director at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The plot reminds me of No Country For Old Men set in modern-day L.A. with a 1980’s feel, and Mulligan is a Michelle Williams doppelganger, who Gosling starred with in last year’s Blue Valentine. Gosling, who starred in Crazy, Stupid, Love. earlier this year, is in The Ides of March, which comes out this Friday, and he and Refn team up again in next year’s Thai thriller, Only God Forgives.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5


I went into this movie with low expectations, mainly because I saw some awful baseball shots in the commercials. I hate sports movies for this reason, and even last year’s The Fighter exhibited unrealistic fight sequences, which really ruin the movie for me. I’m glad that they kept it to an absolute minimum and used mainly historical footage, which totally worked.

The whole format was The Social Network all over again–a winning formula–and that’s not surprising given that Aaron Sorkin got to have his hands on this script. Typical genius dialogue from Sorkin, another flawless adaptation of a true story and another 8+ IMDb rating. A well-executed movie with fine performances by Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. Sorkin’s projects to be released next year are a TV movie and a musical, Follies, which already has “winner” written all over it.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5




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  2. I came out of Drive a little disappointed. My expectations were miles high, and Drive, though very good, didn’t quite meet them. First, the positives: the bursts of violence are jarring, and heightened because of the initial pace. The long silences, the slow drifting in and out of scenes — the movie demanded patience, something only a gifted director can do, and the audience was rewarded for it. The music was likely the best of any movie all year and the style of it — the clothes, lighting, shots — were top notch 95 percent of the time.

    But that 5 percent… It was a little too stylized, a little too heavy handed. Slow mos, classical music, and altered lighting are great in moderation, but can easily verge of cheesy. I think Drive suffers slightly from a gifted director that failed to exercise restraint. But that’s a minor complaint. The movie is great.

    I was geeked on Drive because of Refn, who also did Bronson starring Tom Hardy. Bronson is another hyperstylized movie that’s worth a watch.

    Comment by Chris Le — October 6, 2011 @ 7:35 pm | Reply

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