Drive: why it never got the praise it deserves Dir: Nicolas Winding
the movie came out in the year 2015, Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie 93% and it won multiple highly acclaimed awards even Oscar nominations and still, most people don't know who Nicolas W. even is.
the film was polarised by 2 fractions of moviegoers, the average moviegoers and the "niche" community.
The average filmgoers criticised it for being mundane and having not enough action sequences, on the other hand, the niche communities praised the film for being out of the box and a fresh take on the genre, in my personal experience it has been one of the most polarised movies I've ever come across in terms of its reception, the film was so miraculously crafted which on the surface looks like a somewhat typical, action movie where Ryan Gosling plays a getaway driver, the average moviegoer expects the film to be an action/love story whereas the movie actually used that as a gimmick which truly aims to explore philosophy and thought process of its characters truly being a psychological thriller, and the cinematography is purely based on subliminal messaging throughout the film which can be seen in the way lighting is used or the camera angles, or Ryan goslings expressions
The movie, in my opinion, is an epitome of storytelling and cinematography where the director tries to explore the fundamental working of delusions of granger, the film, as claimed by its fan base has multiple interpretations for many people but for me its a realistic superhero movie with a realistic setting, things loved the most about the movie was Gosling's expressions throughout the movie which was able to convey so much of what his character was going through mentally without even saying anything.
the actors like Bryan Cranston, Ryan Gosling and the critically acclaimed Dir. I strongly believe. that this movie deserves revisit and is an atop-notch art film
To conclude ill blame the film's downfall on poor marketing strategy where it was being portrayed as an action film (as you can see in the trailers) but it truly is an art film hence appealing to a demographic which wasn't looking for such a film. Leading to a boxoffice fail