“Drive” is one of of those rare cases where the film outshines the book. And just to be clear, I love this book by James Sallis…but, I find the adaptation better than the source material.
The story’s protagonist is a Hollywood stunt driver by day, but a different kind of beast at night where he is a getaway driver for criminals. The book is short, sweet, has a jumpy narrative, and a hardboiled neo-noir feel to it that I love. It’s a great read. Plot-wise, Refn’s adaptation is almost identical to the book, but there are some differences related to the characters and their relationships. The love story in the movie is absolutely perfect and one of the most memorable love stories I can think of - even though it is extremely subtle, visually. Also, the cast, the cinematography, and Kavinsky’s music all come together in a perfect symbiotic manner – it really doesn’t get any better than this. That said, here is a sample of the book to give you an idea of the tone and our hero, Driver:
“He existed a step or two to one side of the common world, largely out of sight, a shadow, all but invisible. Whatever he owned, either he could hoist it on his back and lug it along or he could walk away from it. Anonymity was the thing he loved most about the city, being a part of it and apart from it at the same time.”
«Life is full with ups and downs, the trick is to enjoy the good times and have the courage to go through the bad ones.» My birthday last year was the worst, but yesterday I had the best birthday ever. So grateful to feel so much love and happiness ❤️
Anyway, back to my story. And that husband of mine. Armour came to watch me dance night after night, his stare like warm breath on the back of my neck — so intense I could feel it without ever so much as glancing in his direction. I did of course, eventually. Once I knew for certain that I was no longer an interest to him, but an obsession. It was then, and only then, that I allowed him to know I had noticed his presence. With a slight grin and a subtle wink before returning my attention elsewhere. ...
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