Ryan Gosling is one of the most handsome men in Hollywood, but he’s not your typical pretty boy. He chooses his films very carefully, with success. He already has some big movies on his name. Here are the three movies I chose to watch starring Ryan Gosling.
Director: George Clooney
Cast: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood
Description: Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling) is a young idealist who's brilliant at communications, is second in command of Governor Mike Morris's (George Clooney) presidential campaign, and is a true believer. In the middle of the Ohio primary, the campaign manager of Morris's opponent asks Meyers to meet; he offers him a job. At the same time, Morris's negotiations for the endorsement of the man in third place, a North Carolina Senator, hit a snag. A young campaign intern, Molly Stearns (Rachel Evan Wood), gets Stephen's romantic attention. Republicans have a trick up their sleeve; Stephen may be too trusting, and Molly has a secret. What's most important, career, victory, or virtue?
Opinion: George Clooney has proven a couple of times before that he’s a good director. This is not my favorite. I never really got into the film, maybe because of the politics. That never held me back before, but I just couldn’t keep my attention at all times and it has both Clooney and Gosling in it. I should give this movie another chance, when I am more in the mood for this kind of film.
Favorite character: Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling)
Most memorable quote: “You can lie, you can cheat, you can start a war, you can bankrupt the country, but you can't fuck the interns. They get you for that.” –Stephen Meyers-
Best scene: The final scene, where Stephen is getting ready for his TV interview.
Genre: Drama/ Action
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Cast: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Anthony Macki, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert Patrick, Nick Nolte, Michael Peña
Description: It's 1949 Los Angeles, and gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) has moved in, with the intention of controlling all criminal activity in the city. He has bought local judges and police, and no one is willing to cross him or testify against him. Everyone except Seargant John O'Mara (Josh Brolin), a former World War II soldier, whose goal is to settle with his family in a peaceful Los Angeles. Police Chief William Parker (Nick Nolte) decides to form a special unit whose mission is to take down Cohen, and chooses O'Mara to lead the unit. O'Mara chooses 4 cops and asks another cop and vet, Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling) to join him but Wooters is not interested. But when he witnesses the murder of a young boy by Cohen's people, he joins them, and they decide to take apart Cohen's organization. Cohen wonders if a rival is going after him, but eventually he realizes it's the cops.
Opinion: I’ve been looking forward to this movie for a while, but it was different then I expected. I thought Gosling was the leading man, but it was Brolin, and surprisingly enough I felt a bigger attraction to him. The movie didn’t disappoint me, especially not Sean Penn who portrays a very believable mobster.
Favorite character: John O’Mara (Josh Brolin)
Most memorable quote: “Where have you been all my miserable life?” –Grace Faraday-
Best scene: John gets help from his wife Connie to assemble the perfect team.
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac, Christina Hendricks, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman
Description: A mysterious Hollywood stuntman, mechanic and getaway driver lands himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.
Opinion: The best movie experiences are the once you go and see with no expectations and you end up being blown away. That’s what “Drive” did to me when I first saw it, what an awesome film. Ryan Gosling says so much by not saying anything at all, an Oscar worthy performance.
Favorite character: Driver (Ryan Gosling)
Most memorable quote: “From now on every word out of you mouth is the truth or I will hurt you”-Driver-
Best scene: The scene in the elevator where Driver is trying to protect Irene by pushing her to the corner, kissing her and banging the other passengers head in.
Favorite of the 3: Drive