The first, Martha Marcy May Marlene, I mostly enjoyed; the major problem is that is has no ending. Most reviewers accept this as intentional ambiguity. Bullshit! There is good ambiguity and there is lazy ambiguity. The impression you walk away with is that the writer/director couldn't be bothered to write and film an ending. It's so ambiguous as to be infuriating. Still, I'm not sorry I watched it; it was interesting throughout, just ultimately unsatisfying (much like Black Swan).
Drive, on the other hand, is a complete failure as a movie. Let's just list out some of the many things wrong with it:
- The casting is inane. (The woman who has three lines and then gets smacked and her brains blown out: that needed to be Christina Hendricks?)
- The first ~30 minutes are wildly tedious. As I tweeted last night, "Ryan Gosling never met a silence he didn't want to impregnate." I guess audiences accept huge gaps in dialogue as artsy. When the Gosling and Carey Mulligan characters do talk, it's pointless filler dialogue; they could be saying anything.
- I hate movies where the protagonist is just this unassailable badass. See the part where his boss says he's the best he's ever seen, get him behind a wheel and there's nothing he can't do, etc. (I'm reminded of Top Gun: "You're one hell of an instinctive pilot -- almost too good!") Meanwhile in most of the driving scenes he's just cruising around on regular streets at 30 mph. I guess we don't yet have the technology to film driving that good.
- The soundtrack never got the "Show don't tell" memo. Ryan Gosling's character actually has a theme song whose lyrics are "A real human being and a real hero." #groan
- Need I even mention the gratuitous tits and violence? I really was not prepared for the rivers of blood that flow in the second half of this movie. I don't necessarily mind violence in movies, but this was really over the top, and humorless to boot.
I could go on, but I'm getting bored just thinking about this movie. People really thought this was good?