Drive at the Movies [Best Movies of 2011]

This is the first in a series about the best movies of 2011.
This is not the best years at the movies, but even so it has his highlights. Obviously one of the trends worth exploring was driving. Unfortunately no 3D racing movie won our hearts and there was no Need for Speed movie yet, but that’s not a problem. The Fast and Furios franchise continues. As we remember it even delivered its best episode since the first and the first blockbuster of this summer (not that it was a great summer, but still). For a 10-year old franchise it’s quite an achievement. Many franchises die at their 2nd or 3rd trial. Not in this case. Which is nothing short of a surprise since the original was a sort of remake of the Keanu Reeves / Patrick Swayze vehicle: Point Break, by Kathryn Bigelow (the first woman to take a Best Director award). The addition of The Rock to a star crowded cast that already has Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Gal Gadot and others, transformed this into the next The Expendables (even more so if we have Michelle Rodriguez back and Jason Statham on board in the next movie), but unlike that movie it was loaded with lots of humor. It was maybe the best of the series because it moved from fast cars to heist movies, and we always adore the likes of Ocean’s Eleven and The Italian Job. Fast Five is definitely one of the best movies of 2011, and probably the only action movie that deserves to be on the list of the best movies.

If we included Fast Five on the list it was only for its action packed scenes. Another serious movie delivered the art. Drive, the Ryan Gosling / Carey Mulligan vehicle presented us with an almost Clint Eastwood Man with No Name character, that rarely speaks and drives like a mad man. It just happens that the look of the movie is somewhere between Stanley Kubrick and Michael Mann, which is enough to add it to this list. It reminds us of the L.A. from Collateral. The city is a silent character, just like the driver. And if we add some unfinished business with the mob and some scenes that pay an homage to the ’70s and the ’80s unfinished mafia business movies, we got ourselves with a recipe for something worth watching. You might not like it, but the visuals are between the best ones we have seen this year. We already mentioned Kubrick. That should be enough. Go see it! Gosling might get an Academy Award nomination for his part.

Cars 2 is not as funny as the first part, but it is a Pixar movie, so we will add it to this list since it is one of the best driving movies of the year. It also leads us to the next set of movies. Can you guess what they contain?

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