Happy [almost] Fourth of July weekend! It’s not really a long weekend for me as I’ll be working both Monday AND Wednesday, though the office is pretty much dead today with everyone taking a day off.
Last week was a pretty hectic one, hence I hadn’t even posted anything other than my short film update. Well, as if making movies wasn’t nerve wracking enough, I also launched a crowdfunding campaign is Kickstarter campaign last week. We had a good start but we still have a long way to go before we reach our goal.
Shout out to Paula, Shivani, Mark, and Nostra for your tremendous support on various social media channels!
This weekend I did manage to fit in a movie night… and it was a ton of fun!
Move over Guardians of the Galaxy. I think the movie w/ the best retro soundtrack this year belongs to Baby Driver. It’s also one helluva heist action flick that gets your blood pumpin’ from start to finish.
I like Edgar Wright and his Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy (especially Hot Fuzz!) but for some reason I haven’t been paying much attention to Baby Driver. I think I only read an article a while back when it was a hit at SXSW and then of course I was intrigued by the stellar reviews (97% on Rotten Tomatoes!) So naturally I had a high expectations going into this movie. Fortunately it didn’t disappoint!
I dig car chases!! I grew up w/ two brothers and played with matchbox cars instead of Barbie dolls as a kid so I always enjoy a thrilling car chase in the movies! Man, what an opening scene!! You can watch how they made it in this featurette. That’s perhaps one of the best car chases since the first Transporter flick, but this time we’ve got a kid at the wheel with a cutesy name Baby (Ansel Elgort). Yep it’s B-A-B-Y. Hence the title.
It’s obvious Wright himself is a big fan of heist movies and crazy car chases, and it shows. He’s also got an ear for music, and music is truly the fuel for this exciting ride. You go see this for the action, but there’s also a pretty compelling story and a character worth rooting for. Elgort isn’t the most charismatic young actor but he acquits himself well here and it’s easy to root for Baby who’s had a tragic past and wants out of the crime business. He’s surrounded by a fun supporting cast: Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Eiza González, and Lily James as Baby’s love interest. I’d say it’s quite inspired casting, especially in regards to Jon Hamm. The romance between Lily and Ansel seems deliberately too cutesy, cheesy even, but it’s kind of sweet, too.
In a way, Baby Driver is a heist flick & coming-of-age movie in one. And that makes it refreshingly original, as we see this kid who gets picked on and taken advantage of finally breaking free and coming into his own. The rather restrained ending is quite a pleasant surprise to me given how many blockbusters seem to go for deafeningly-bombastic finale.
So if you’re in the mood for fun music, crazy action and some sweet little romance, you can’t go wrong with Baby Driver.This movie’s also got heart to go with all the cool moves. And of course, plenty of Wright’s cheeky brand of humor too.
Have you seen ‘BABY DRIVER’? Well, what did you think?
18 thoughts on “Weekend Roundup: Quick review of BABY DRIVER (2017)”
I definitely want to see Baby Driver as I’m a fan of Edgar Wright as I hope to see it in a weekend where I’ll also see the new Spider-Man as there’s a lot of good films coming out this month.
Sorry for the super tardy response! I hope you get to see Baby Driver and the new Spidey soon.
Haven’t seen it yet, but all the reviews are positive. I’m looking forward to it!
Hey Cindy! You might enjoy it if you’re familiar w/ Edgar Wright’s movies.
I appreciate that, Ruth. I’ll check it out. 🙂
Absolutely loved it and trying to find time to go back and see it again – I think it’s a film that demands re-watches!
I might rewatch it again when it’s out on VOD!
I thought about seeing Baby Driver but never managed to get to the theater. it’s something that didn’t interest me, but now all the praise has me curious.
Y’know, I wasn’t super excited for it either Brittani, but it was a pleasant surprise!
I plan to see Baby Driver sometime this week, I was in Vegas for a few days so I didn’t get to see it this past weekend.
Hey Ted, did you finally get to see Baby Driver?
Thank you for the thanks, Ruth, if that makes sense 🙂 I will get to BABY DRIVER at some point, so I am saving this for later.
He..he.. yes it makes sense and again, THANK YOU!
Aww you’re awesome Ruth. I hope you reach your goal fast. I am planning on seeing Baby Driver as well. Everyone I know who saw it seemed to love it and 97% on Rotten Tomatoes is damn impressive. I’ll try to watch asap!
Hello Shivani! No YOU are awesome, thank you for your support girl. Well we’re only a third funded so far, so still a long way to go until our goal. I do hope people will rally at the last minute.
But yeah Baby Driver seems to be a hit w/ critics. I don’t know if it’s THAT excellent but it is a pretty darn entertaining film.
Oh man, still haven’t seen this which is ridiculous as I love Weight’s movies.
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