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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The Visit: A Trip to See Granny

Hello everybody! For this week’s New Movie Show, we have the rather insane M. Night Shyamalan creation The Visit.

THE VISIT

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DIRECTED BY: M. Night Shyamalan

STARRING: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Kathryn Hahn

GENRE: Found Footage, Horror, Comedy

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY:  United States

The_VisitTwo children are sent to their grandparents house to spend a week with their grandparents while their single mom goes on a relaxing vacation with her boyfriend. One of the kids, Becca, decides to film a documentary about her grandparents in order to help her mom reconnect with her parents and also find out some things about her parents as well. While filming the documentary, however, Becca and her little brother, Tyler, discover a dark secret about their grandparents.

I do want to make a disclosure right now, I don’t think there is a single Shyamalan film that I like…at all. So this makes The Visit a diamond in the rough. Shyamalan’s signature twist actually worked this time and didn’t seem like complete garbage, as it made the climax even more real and frightening. Great job Shyamalan. I would also like to acknowledge that The Visit is actually relatively funny in a demented kind of way. This helps alleviate some of the tension and add to a more rewarding experience. The characters help out a bunch as well, as each one is individually drawn out so we receive fully fledged characters with the Shyamalan charm.

the viNow you may be wondering, is The Visit actually a horror film? While the line between horror and comedy crosses ever so often throughout the film, I have found that it has more horror elements to attribute it’s success to. It actually reminds me of the same demented humor the Evil Dead series brought tot the screen ever so many years ago. The tone is all over the place with Shyamalan even admitting that he had trouble keeping the tone throughout editing. While this can cause many people to be turned off by the film and to put it bluntly, not even the slightest bit terrified, I felt that it works to Shyamalan’s style.

PROS:

  • Actual scares.
  • What a twist! Climax actually works.
  • Dark humor.
  • Drawn out characters.

CONS:

  • Over-loaded with comedy.
  • Tone.

SCORE: 6.5 / 10

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Ant Man: Paul Rudd…The Superhero

Hello everybody! For this week’s new movie show, we have Marvel’s newest entry in the MCU…Ant Man.

ANT MAN

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DIRECTED: Peyton Reed

STARRING: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Anthony Mackie, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas

GENRE: Superhero

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States

Screen-Shot-2015-04-13-at-9.13.08-AMArmed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but maintain his full sized strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

So how is Marvel’s latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Actually not half bad. I definitely was wary of Paul Rudd as a superhero, since I don’t particularly like him as an actor. To my surprise though his cocky/ definitely not heroic attitude and performance actually fit the character quite nicely. His comedic chops also add a nice layer of comedy that Ant Man desperately needed.Ant-Man-7

Alright, here comes my biggest pet peeve. As an amateur filmmaker, I understand that each and every filmmaker has his own individual style. Since the original main driving force behind Ant Man, Edgar Wright, jumped ship during production, much of his style is still there. The new and final director,Peyton Reed, did the best he could. Unfortunately, I don’t think there styles matched very well and would have liked to see Edgar Wright’s finished version of Ant Man. Otherwise, it was a rather decent film. I haven’t been proud to say that about a Marvel film in quite a while.

PROS:

  • Main cast performance.
  • Supporting cast performance.
  • Dark comedy aspect.
  • Hilarious characters.

CONS:

  • Differing directorial styles.
  • EDGAR WRIGHT WHY DID YOU JUMP SHIP?

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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