Baby Driver: Some Expert Driving to an Awesome Soundtrack

BABY DRIVER

DIRECTED BY: Edgar Wright

STARRING: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eiza González, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal

GENRE: Action Comedy

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States, United Kingdom

Baby is a young and partially hearing impaired getaway driver who can make any wild move while in motion with the right track playing. It’s a critical talent he needs to survive his indentured servitude to the crime boss, Doc, who values his role in his meticulously planned robberies. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Deborah, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now saddled with a crew of thugs too violently unstable to keep to Doc’s plans, Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in terrible danger. To survive and escape the coming maelstrom, it will take all of Baby’s skill, wits and daring, but even on the best track, can he make it when life is forcing him to face the music?

Alright, Edgar Wright, what do you have for us this time? The newest film to add to his already impressive catalog, Wright introduces us to Baby Driver, where he sure as hell takes us for one wild ride. The main cast performs rather well, even while being supported by a less than stellar supporting cast. There is a nice balance between action and somewhat vulgar comedy, so neither genre actually surpasses the other. By far the best element is Wright’s usage of the score as a character development tool, everything syncs up perfectly and it is a highlight of the experience.

However, no matter how much we like Baby Driver, there is still a glaring flaw. Our biggest issue is the motivation for Baby and Deborah’s relationship. Sure they met a few times and went on a date, but was that nearly enough to turn into a less murderous Bonnie and Clyde? The relationship definitely receives the action movie treatment, as it doesn’t even feel like a satire. Wright, you excel at satire? What is going on?

PROS:

  • Nice balance of comedy and action.
  • Main cast performance.
  • Use of score for character development.

CONS:

  • Supporting cast performance.
  • Baby and Deborah’s relationship.
  • Lack of satire.

SCORE: 8 / 10

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Rio 2: Singing in the Amazon!

Hello everybody! Today we have an interesting film, Rio 2.

RIO 2

DIRECTOR: Carlos Saldanha

STARRING: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Bruno Mars, Jemaine Clement, George Lopez, Jamie Foxx, will.i.am

GENRE: Computer-animated, musical, adventure, comedy

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States

Blu and Jewel have three kids and while Jewel tries to teach the children to live off the land, Blu lives like he did in America. Linda and Tulio who are now married go to the Amazon to bring a bird they nursed back to health to its natural habitat. While there, they think other birds like Jewel and Blu live there. So they go on TV and say they will find them and when they do, it will help get the area declared a preserve. But a logger not wanting that to happen tries to stop them. When Jewel learns of this she wants to go there and see if there are any other birds like them. But Blu who is a city bird doesn’t want to but he decides to go to make Jewel happy.

I went into Rio 2 really wanting to have watched the first Rio. I didn’t know any of the characters or their back stories but I am kind of glad that I didn’t. They covered it just enough so that you didn’t have to actually have seen the first film. They also expanded on the wife’s back story as we meet what’s left of her family in the wild. The voice acting is spectacular, even with the majority of the voice cast consists of music artists. The film is also animated beautifully. All of the colors of Rio de Janeiro and the Amazon really come alive. Way to go Blue Sky Studios, you win again.

Rio 2 was definitely not what I thought it would be. Firstly, Rio 2 is incredibly short with a 101 minute run time. I felt that I wasn’t even in the theatre for more than two hours. Secondly, there was way too much singing for me to handle. I can barely handle a song here or there (I really don’t like musicals) but there was an overabundance. Some of the songs weren’t half bad, since there was quite a bit if Spanish influence (since they are in Rio de Janeiro after all). Lastly, I felt Jesse Eisenberg was poorly cast. He did a decent job overall, but I was surprised he was cast at all.

PROS:

  • Gloss over character back stories.
  • Controversial stand points on nature.
  • Voice cast.
  • Beautiful animation.

CONS:

  • Short runtime.
  • Too many songs overall.
  • Poor casting.

SCORE: 6.5 / 10

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Django Unchained: Slavery in the West

DJANGO UNCHAINED

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TITLE: DJANGO UNCHAINED

DIRECTOR: Quentin Tarentino

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United States

Oh, Django Unchained, how I wish that I did not wait so long to finally watch you. I had completely forgotten about Django Unchained upon its initial release, but on a random trip to Redbox I decided to pick it up. Already embarrassed to call myself a Tarentino fan since I had not seen the film, I pressed play and was intrigued by the start. I am so happy that I didn’t pass over the film completely.

Django Unchained follows the adventures of Dr. King Schultz, a dentist turned bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) and Django, a freed slave (Jamie Foxx). They becoming bounty hunting partners and eventually team together to find Django’s wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). This leads them on some interesting adventures, clashing with slave owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his head of house slave Stephan (Samuel L Jackson).

I have to say, there are so many things right with this film that it is hard to just pick a few to talk about. I do have to point out that Django Unchained would not have been so successful if the characters weren’t so god damn awesome! Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx do amazing jobs at bringing the different cultures and mannerisms of their characters that they are just to damn entertaining the watch. The story of the film is absolutely riveting as well, I was so interested in the film that the almost three hours flew by. Another cool tidbit is that Django Unchained is actually a remake of the classic western film Django. The original star of Django (Franco Nero) makes a cameo in the film during one of the most memorable lines.

Foxx: “My name is Django.”

Nero: “How do you spell it?”

Foxx: “D_j_a_n_g_o. The D is silent.”

Nero: *chuckles* “I know.”

     Alright, now to get to the fun part of the review. The major issue I have with Django Unchained is that they use n****r and its variations a little to much.  If you don’t like the use of n****r and its other variations, then you might have a problem with this film.  I have a few friends that absolutely hate the word and are unable to watch Django Unchained because of it. It is very disappointing since the film is quite good. While I don’t have a problem with the word and I know it is supposed to add authenticity and make the characters feel “more real”, so in my opinion it contributed to the film largely. Let’s just say though, the word n****r and its variations are used about 110 times throughout the film.

Not to mention Leonardo DiCaprio’s racist skull speech.

PROS:

  • Hilarious relationship between characters.
  • Great dialogue.
  • Great combination of genres.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio at his finest.

CONS:

  • The use of the n-word may bother some viewers.
  • Why can’t minions or lesser villains shoot accurately?
  • Ridiculously violent, but what do your expect from Tarentino?
  • The film is quite lengthy.

SCORE: 9.5 / 10

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