YMMV / Drive

YMMV: Drive Webcomic

  • Iron Woobie: The Veetan race. They only live 25 years at most, suffer chronic leg and hip pains, have recurring digestive troubles, yet remain unflaggingly cheerful throughout their lives.

YMMV: Drive Series

YMMV: Drive Film

  • Adaptation Displacement: The novel of the same name by James Sallis.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: One propagated by posters on 4chan holds that the Driver is actually autistic, although given the general tenor of content posted on the boards this is in all likelihood intended to be Played for Laughs or jabbing at how he doesn't speak much.
  • Award Snub: Much to everyone's surprise the only nomination this movie got was Best Sound Editing at the Oscars. Notably left off were Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively. Brooks' omission was particularly surprising, given how he had won a slew of the major critics' awards and had earned nominations at the BFCA and the Golden Globes.
  • Creepy Awesome: The driver never blinks, has only a few lines of dialogue, and barely expresses any emotion. The only thing keeping him from being The Sociopath outright is his obvious affection for Irene. In spite of being walking Nightmare Fuel, however, he's still a badass.
  • Critical Dissonance: Critics and festival audiences have loved this movie, however its box office success did not reflect the massive internet buzz this generated. Though, to be fair, crime movies by Danish directors released by small-time distributors don't make $20 million in two weeks.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Most of the score and the song "Real Hero". One of the first works to highlight Synthwave artists to a wider audience.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "He's a real human being... and a real hero... He's a real human being..."
    • "There's something inside you... It's hard to explain... They're talking about you, boy... But you're still the same..."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Virtually every critic, whether they liked the film or not, praised Albert Brooks' performance as Bernie.
  • Fridge Horror: Since Irene probably didn't call the police after Driver smashed a hitman's head in, the body would probably have remained there, scaring any poor resident of the apartment block who uses the elevator.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Late in the film, Shannon (played by Bryan Cranston) mentions a character fleeing to Belize.
    • The memetic song with the lyrics "A real human being. And a real hero." gains a prophetic twist when you consider one of Ryan Gosling's later roles. Not to mention that both movies sees Gosling's character drowning a villain in the Pacific Ocean, getting into a fight with a knife welding opponent that leaves him seriously injured, before it ends with him Dying Wide Open, or at least coming close to it.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • A real human being. And a real hero. And the Mondegreen version: A real human bean.
    • "I drive."
  • Narm: For some people, the Mood Whiplash of the elevator scene.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The entire beach scene, as well as Blanche getting her head very realistically blown apart by a shotgun blast. Really, everything The Driver does during his Roaring Rampage of Revenge once he goes after Nino counts.
  • Spiritual Successor: To 70s flicks like The Driver and Taxi Driver.
    • The use of Riz Ortolani "Oh My Love" during the beach scene, and the artful but brutal nature of the violence is highly evocative of Italian giallo films of the same period.
    • The presence of Laurene Landon (of Maniac Cop fame), the synthesizer score, squicky violence, and the gritty, neon-lit cinematography recall the 1980's exploitation films of directors like William Lustig.
  • Squick:
    • Driver stomping on a man's face until it's basically mush.
    • Also Blanche's head getting blown to smithereens by a shotgun blast.
    • It's subtle, but when Standard is first shot, he's hit in the neck and if you listen closely you can hear him gasping for air.
    • Really, pretty much any of the violence in this movie.
  • Tear Jerker: Irene and the Driver are alienated from each other seconds after their first kiss when he kills a thug in front of her. She returns to knock on his door some time later with a look of reconciliation, but he's gone. They're never going to meet again. The look on his face in the end says it all...
  • The Woobie: Irene; hard not to be when you're played by Carey Mulligan.
    • The Driver as well by the end of the movie.