Ian Crow’s Film Masterclass #1 – Drive (2011)

This is a new article by Ian Crow, one of the two founding members of All Things Movies. My new article will be posted monthly to celebrate my favourite films of all time. Without the impossible task of making a list of my favourite films of all time (Which I can assure you, is literally impossible) I will be inducting films every month as part of my Film Masterclass. My first addition to the vault of Film Masterclass is a film very close to my heart and was genuinely one of the films that simply blew my mind and opened my horizons to filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, and that is Drive.

I remember the first viewing of Drive; I was casually lying in bed one night and came across the film on Netflix and only by gut instinct, I chose to watch it without knowing absolutely nothing of the film or even seeing the trailer. After watching the film in complete silence and without having to check my phone, I was simply blown away by the whole film. Personally for me, there was not a second in the film that I did not enjoy. Fronted by Ryan Gosling who delivered a spell binding performance as The Driver and lead actress Carey Mulligan who again, delivers a brilliant performance; not only that, but the small amount of time the two aren’t on screen, we are graced by a dream worthy supporting cast of Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac & Albert Brooks, who was robbed of an Oscar nomination that year. Impressively, a film of this genre and stature, the lack of dialogue throughout the film is surprising, but every single actor on screen portrays an intensity of emotion on their faces which for me, tell the story and paint the picture. The genius painting the picture is Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn.

The Stanley Kubrick esque director gifted us all this masterpiece back in 2011 and even though its only 4 years old, a baby in film years, Drive is a classic cinema masterpiece which will be remembered forever. The breath-taking visuals, the cinematography, the chilling and cool score by Cliff Martinez epitomises the essence of cool and style in Drive. Drive would normally be generalized as neo-noir, which mainly it is, not only that, Drive represents everything genre throughout cinema; if it’s not representing romance between Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan’s character in one scene, it represents action with the high octane car chase halfway through the film and then jumping to the horror of Ryan Gosling following Ron Perlman with a fake mask on his head, which if you haven’t seen the scene, it represents the sense of a thriller or even a horror.

Drive is the first to be added to my Film Masterclass because it was one of the films that made me fall in love with cinema. Truly, madly, deeply, Drive is my favourite film of all time, and I look forward to the day when I actually find a film which will knock it off its perch, because I really don’t see it happening. If it does though, it will be one of the greatest days in my life. For me, Drive is an absolute see if you haven’t already, but for me, it’s a film I could watch on repeat, every day for the rest of my life.

That’s it for my first entry for my Film Masterclass article, Drive is the first added. What do you think of my first pick? Do you think it’s a good start? And what do you guys think of my new article?

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