David Smedberg, on 16 September 2011 - 09:49 PM, said:
Well guess what: the violence in this movie is a huge stumbling block for me. I feel as though Drive were an orgy of blood--and I'd got erectile dysfunction.
Sorry about this, David. I think a few of us tried to lay out that we enjoyed the film despite the violence, or if not "despite" it, that we weren't as put off by it in this film as in others. I'm having a hard time justifying this, but am gratified in some way to learn that others share the reaction. I did try to steer folks away from
although I don't think I mentioned that
Nicholas, on 17 September 2011 - 12:33 AM, said:
I've gotta say, Christian: I loved the jacket. If he is shrouded in mystery, then the jacket is what gives him a mystique as well.
Ha! Hey, I'm not a style guru and am willing to admit that my tastes might be way off here.
Peter T Chattaway, on 17 September 2011 - 02:52 AM, said:
Which makes the effort to find a "redeeming message" in this film (or, indeed, any message at all) all the more... well, pick your own adjective here. But it's all too typical of the evangelical impulse to justify one's "engagement" with "the culture", etc.
Have others been making the case that the film is redemptive? I guess I could get to that, if I was interested in justifying the film on those grounds, but I'm happy to champion it for, as you mentioned, its style alone, or its style in addition to its fantastic performances, or its visual style combined with its soundtrack, or its ...
One thing I'd like to hear about from those who have seen the film: Were you moved by the speech from the man who
? I took that as, if not "repentance," which has (for me) a specifically religious connotation, at least an honest apology in an era of the "nonapology apology." His subsequent actions aren't fully within his control and didn't seem to indicate a
I haven't read anything about that scene in the reviews I've seen, but that moment, although rather brief, went a long way toward making me admire this film.