Absolutely enjoyable, I can’t believe I put off watching a mix of Drive and La La Land. First of all Drive isn't your typical car-chase thriller. This instant classic teleports you to a darker bloody, beautiful, and well thought out version of LA. The visuals and audio are one-of-a-kinds for this film and it works out surprisingly well. Finally, Ryan Gosling delivers a brilliant controlled and subtle performance as the driver. Now you ask me what more to this fan edit.
The obvious mix would be to mix Drive with the Gosling/Refn follow up Only God forgives, which in my opinion is a spiritual sequel to Drive. Not only it shares a similar Gosling performance, but also has the same look and feel. Only this time it's in Bangkok.
So how come Malthus is choosing La La Land instead of Only God forgives. I guess Malthus doesn't want to follow the easy way and the aim of his fan edit is to explore the Gosling 'Driver' character by giving us some more insight into his motivation and maybe his past. At first sight, the mix of Drive and La La Land doesn't make an obvious good match up. Gosling's character is different and the love story is a magical love letter to the golden age of Hollywood.
Despite being a bit confused I really enjoyed this fan mix. It has a very Lynchian feel and that is what it makes it stands out.
Malthus 'Driver' is not in HD. Not sure that was on purpose, but the edit has now a different retro look and feel. It is a bit blurry but I really like the level of some sort of regrading :) Finally, the movie pacing is well kept still despite the dream sequences and I did not notice and hasty cuts.
If you want to experience Drive with a new twist I recommend you watch this fan edit.
Well done Malthus!
it was a very interesting and joyful edit.
To combine Drive with some scenes (most dancing scenes) from la la land.
Could that really work?
And yes It worked very well.
Ryan Gosling looks almost the same in both movies so the shots with him worked very well.
My favourite scene in the edit was the elevator scene.
Built with a lot of tension and then it breaks with a small scene from la la land and then back to the elevator again.
It worked wonderfully.
My only complain is that the edit is not in HD so I though the picture was a little blurry in some scenes.
if this edit was done in HD it would be given the full score of points
For two films that have almost nothing in common save for a city and a star (pun intended), this fan edit works exceptionally well. The edits are few and far between but the impact they have is immediately noticeable - the formerly reserved and withdrawn Driver is now a hopeless romantic and a daydreamer, who stares off into space and imagines himself in a tap dancing wonderland when under pressure. Definitely gave off, as other have mentioned, Lynchian vibes, especially in the second half. I enjoyed City Of Stars over the second half of the end credits, too. Malthus has expertly transformed a relatively straightforward neo-noir/thriller into a surreal and brooding look at a mentally unhinged psycho-killer.
In terms of quality, the La La Land scenes are drastically higher resolution than Drive, the base film, which appears almost pixelated. I can't tell if this is a stylistic choice or just a low quality rip. The cuts are clean and at times abrupt - as the Driver is snapped out of his daydreams by gunshots, or whatever is happening around him in the real world. The best transition is (again, others have said this) the elevator scene, which is far more romantic, and the contrast with the violence is much higher. Also of note: i really enjoyed the added title cards, they really appear real and professional.
As for improvements; my biggest issue is the low quality of the copy of Drive used, which accounts for probably 90% of this edit.
Overall, this edit definitely gets a thumbs up. A very niche idea and some hard work has definitely gone into the planning and execution of this edit.
Do you recommend this edit?
Owner's replyOctober 13, 2020
I just took a look at the version I sent you and you're absolutely correct about the quality of the Drive footage. I can only apologise. I did all the editing for this using Lightworks which, for some reason, would dramatically reduce the quality of the footage of files that had to be manually imported. To resolve this you had to change a single setting. Annoyingly you had to do this every time you logged in. I recently switched computers and re-enoded this file to store on the new PC. Apparently I didn't change that setting. If you look at the thread for this edit you'll see this issue happened previously when encoding a sample. Your positive feedback coupled with the quality issues you faced have inspired me to rebuild this edit in HD. In the meantime I'll try to track down the original encode of this edit and forward it on to you. Thanks for the review, Malthus.
I love the movie Drive and the additions with the scenes from La La Land incorporated... just *chef's kiss*. It added such a great emotional depth to the movie that I didn't know could even be possible. This will without a doubt be my go to version of the movie and an easy recommend to anyone.
Do you recommend this edit?
Owner's replyMay 08, 2021
Thanks for the review . I'll take a look at the time-stamp you mentioned but if you PM me more details and I'll address the issue it ASAP and encode a new version.
I thoroughly enjoyed this edit. The addition of the La La Land footage was sparse, but with clear intention. It both added emotional depth and motivation previously only hinted at in Driver's relative stoicism, as well as accentuated the brutality of the real world in contrast to the inner beauty. This is especially true in the elevator sequence, as the lights dimming in the original Drive footage leads wonderfully into the dance sequence before being drawn out abruptly back into the stark, efficient violence. The addition of "City of Stars" over the second half of the credits was a very nice touch. I would definitely recommend checking this out.