If not for Franco’s skill at crafting his unforgettable character, the film would be a total waste. Others seem to claim there was some sort of “stinging social commentary,” but I had trouble finding it through all the debauchery and gratuitousness. The scenes I would have liked to see were omitted, seemingly replaced by their immediate aftermath, and a great deal of the dialogue was needlessly repeated. The only positive thing I can say is that after the first 30-45 minutes, the movie stops being completely vapid and attempts to move the plot along and give us slight reason to care about its characters.
Movies Watched in 2013 || Drive (2012) - 5/5 (Re-watch)
“If I drive for you, you get your money. You tell me where we start, where we’re going, where we’re going afterwards. I give you five minutes when we get there. Anything happens in that five minutes and I’m yours. No matter what. Anything a minute on either side of that and you’re on your own. I don’t sit in while you’re running it down. I don’t carry a gun. I drive.”
Behind the Candelabra - Stephen Soderbergh (4.5/5)
This movie was nearly perfect. It’s got a solid script, amazing cinematography, and absolutely unforgettable performances from Douglas, Damon, and a scene-stealing Rob Lowe…but then a dream sequence comes out of nowhere at the very end.