Opening June 28th is one of our must see movies that made our Summer Movies list the second we put it together. Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” started many many many years ago with an idea that will turn into one of the coolest and excellent films of 2017! The summer movie season is usually jam packed with popcorn action flicks boasting ginormous budgets and crazy box office numbers. It is also the land of franchises and sequels galore and we have no issues with that because we goto the movies to be entertained and to enter a land of pure fantasy and fun right! “Baby Driver” is neither of those. It is an original idea made on a small budget of $40Million with A-List stars and some of the best driving action sequences in a long time. The film was originally going to be released towards the end of August but after a stellar premier at SXSW Sony Pictures decided to move it up to battle with the big boys of summer. Though this Summer hasn’t really brought the noise as far as well reviewed sequels and popcorn flicks. We feel with all of our heart the Tomato Score is the silver bullet that will make studios rethink these giant summer movies and we dislike that. Lets not get off topic here because we will save that for another post. We had the honor of screening “Baby Driver” with a cool Q&A with actress Eiza Gonzalez who plays Darling in the film and here is our spoiler free review.
There is cool, then there is “Baby Driver” cool! That is how we will refer to this years movies. Why? Well Edgar Wright has managed to put together a very diverse cast to go along with his very diverse film that beautifully blends the action, story, love, and music. Oh the music! The beginning of the film has made it to our top ten openings and we are pretty sure you will agree with us once you see it. In this day and age it is good to see some original content out there. “Baby Driver” manages to bring out the best of all of its characters on screen and does not jam too much backstory or drama. It is not trying to set up a whole universe or complicated history. It proves that there is a place at the movies for one off films that will leave you entertained and in this case maybe a case of whiplash from all the spectacular car chase scenes.
Oh the car chase scenes. Just so you know everything you are seeing on screen was done in real life. There was no CGI or green screens used during these adrenaline pumping scenes. Actually Edgar Wright would strap himself in another car to film the scenes to ensure the audience was getting as much action and emotion as possible. It really comes through on screen as we found ourselves swaying and grabbing the arm rests through those and many other scenes. We are suckers for great car chase scenes being gear heads from an early age it was so cool seeing that Subaru WRX drifting through those turns and tearing up the streets.
From what you have seen in the trailers the story is pretty straight forward with some good depth and character development as the movie goes along. One thing you find yourself doing is jamming along with Ansel as he puts on his earphones. The music itself almost tells the story without the actors even saying a word. It becomes its own character in the film which is a feat so few have been able to accomplish. We all know how important a good soundtrack can be to film but here it vibes and lives throughout the entire film and it’s not just a soundtrack. It’s alive! Lily James plays the girl Ansel has a thing for and trust me it goes much deeper than that from beginning to end. The actors here all mesh well together and we get to see some different sides than we are used from the likes of Jon Hamm and Jaime Foxx. A highlight we want to point out is Eiza Gonzalez who manages to play one hell of a badass and is not just arm and eye candy. Eiza delivers a solid performance and proves that she is one to watch in Hollywood. Lily James comes across strong and also does not fit into the typical damsel in distress role that tends to happen in these type of action films. Kudos to Edgar Wright for really taking his time with this and ensuring everything he wanted to see on screen we are seeing as well.
The summer movie season tends to be filled with big budget popcorn flicks that are there to entertain and give us that wow factor. The summer also has some underdogs that will be competing with those same box office dollars and “Baby Driver” is one of those underdog films that is only projected to open with about $25Million during its opening weekend. Lets show the execs that putting your faith behind talented people like Edgar Wright and others out there is well worth it. We left the theater with a giant smile on our faces and tapping our feet on the way home jamming to the music of the film on Spotify! Do not let this one pass you by and see it on the big screen this weekend.
In Theaters June 28. Get tickets: http://www.babydriver-movie.com/#get-…
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A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
Written & Directed By: Edgar Wright
with Jon Hamm
and Jamie Foxx