What a stylish movie. I enjoyed the beginning a lot more than the end, but really, who cares about the story when a movie looks and feels and sounds so cool.
Ryan Gosling is beautiful. He’s so quiet in this role, in his beautiful gold scorpion jacket and driving gloves. When things get violent and he actually starts doing things it’s almost a shock. It feels odd that he’s capable of engaging like this, not just a passive figure, more than just the driver. The viewer feels his discomfort with having to engage with any of this. The Kid is so closed off, somewhere between shy and shallow.
I think I would like this movie better if it had been less substantial. If it had all been moody brooding, and less spiraling violence. It’s probably a better movie like this, one that actually has a plot. But my enjoyment was all about the style, not the substance.