Can any actor be hotter at the moment than Ryan Gosling? He literally galvanized George Clooney’s “Ides of March” and went note-for-note with Steve Carrell and Emma Stone in “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
I was literally mesmerized watching him in “Drive,” a moody, atmospheric film from director Nicolas Winding Refn. I can only imagine what this picture looked like on the written page, but, Gosling’s rough loner brings it brilliantly to life.
With an outstanding cast, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks and Albert Brooks, who was nominated for a Golden Globe as baddie Bernie Rose, this is a movie that grows better and better every time you watch it.
Gosling, just billed as “the driver,” begins behind the wheel for bad guys. Then seemingly is also the driver for stunts in TV shows and movies; then meets Mulligan and helps her just-released from prison husband do one last job that goes bad.
Then the plot turns as the Driver begins to plot an end game for himself. Yes, it does lose a bit of momentum, but Goslin’s riveting presence cannot be denied.
No question, it is the indie-movie of the year. One other note: the original music was put together by Cliff Martinez and is just stunning. I loved this one!
Shockingly, Gosling was snubbed by the Academy for his work in both “Drive” and “The Ides of March.” He definitely deserved a supporting actor nod for the latter.
In Ides, he plays a straight-shooting campaign press secretary for liberal presidential candidate Mike Morris (Clooney). But he quickly becomes immersed in the dirty side of politics, after discovering his boss is having an affair with an intern. But in the end he plays the game brutally, and wins out over a rival.
The film was only nominated for best screenplay, written by Clooney, Beau Willimon and Grant Heslov.
The Canadian actor and musician, 31, first starred as a child on the Disney Channel’s “Mickey Mouse Club,” from 1993 to 1995. Fellow cast members included Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
His breakout role came in 2004 in the romantic drama “The Notebook.” He won four Teen Choice Awards and an MTV Movie Award for the part. Gosling next starred in 2006’s Half Nelson as a drug-addicted junior high school teacher who forms a bond with a young student. The role earned him an Oscar nod.
Gosling has three movies in the works this year. “Gangster Squad” and “The Place Beyond the Pines” are both in post-production. “Only God Forgives” is set for filming sometime this year.