Baby Driver Review

(This review originally ran following Baby Driver‘s world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. The film opens in theaters today.)

Edgar Wright makes movies for movie fans, first and foremost. Is there a wide audience for a zombie comedy that upends the genre while also delivering one of the most affecting horror tales of the 21st century? Maybe not at first, but Shaun of the Dead exists and it is spectacular. It took too many people too long to fall in love with a stylized rom-com martial arts adventure that appropriates video game language to provide commentary on how relationships evolve, but Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has rightfully become recognized as a one-of-a-kind pop masterpiece.

And speaking of pop masterpieces, Wright’s latest film, Baby Driver held its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival over the weekend and it’s remarkable for two reasons. First, Wright’s unique voice remains intact, even as he plunges into a genre that is new to him and a story that takes away some of his more familiar crutches. Second, he’s made a movie that feels like it has the capacity to win over the average moviegoer as quickly as it wins the hearts of his fellow cinephiles.

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house of cards season 5 spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: season 5 of Netflix’s flagship series House of Cards.)

Can we take a minute to bow down to Robin Wright? The Oscar-nominated actress was last seen as Antiope on the big screen annihilating a bunch of angry male villains donning a big ole smile and golden warrior gear like a badass in Wonder Woman. Though she was only in the movie (which, in case you haven’t heard, is now the biggest blockbuster from a woman director ever) for a few memorable scenes, her presence encapsulates everything that movie represents: strength, femininity, and command.

The same can be said of Wright’s performance in season 5 of House of Cards, now streaming on Netflix.

Spoilers begin right here.

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Baby Driver Stunt Driving

Nowadays it’s become easy for blockbusters to use visual effects to pull off insane stunts. It’s part of the reason some action movies have become surprisingly mundane. There’s just something that lacks excitement about a stunt you know wasn’t actually done by anything other than a computer. Even the Fast and Furious movies have taken to having more visual effects heavy action sequences when they used to rely on real stunt driving. But thankfully, this summer brings a cure for the common blockbuster.

Baby Driver is the latest film from writer/director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs the World), and a new featurette reveals that the action flick about a getaway driver trying to get away from his chosen profession is chock full of real stunt driving, with real cars, on real locations, with real people. For real.

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Baby Driver Featurette

It’s been four years since we’ve gotten a new movie from director Edgar Wright, and that’s just too long. Thankfully, TriStar Pictures will whet the appetites of those who loved movies such as Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs the World, because Wright’s latest film is getting a prime summer release after getting rave reviews at the SXSW Film Festival back in March.

Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) takes the lead in Baby Driver as a young, orphaned kid whose hearing is left impaired from the car accident that killed his parents. The only way for him to effectively get through any situation is to have his trusty iPod playing music to give his life a soundtrack for him to move along with. It’s also what makes him the best getaway drive in town. A new Baby Driver featurette tells us everything we need to know about the character, and even gives us some insight into his makeshift father figure, a crime boss played by Kevin Spacey. Read More »

baby driver tv spot

Car chases, crooks, a rocking soundtrack, and Jon Hamm and Kevin Spacey in villainous roles – those are some fine ingredients for a summer movie. Based on the reviews out of SXSW, including our own Jacob Hall’s take, Edgar Wright‘s latest film is as appealing as it sounds. A new Baby Driver TV spot features Spacey, playing Baby’s crime boss, reminding his crew (and audiences) that everybody loves a good heist story.

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Baby Driver Trailer

Last month, Edgar Wright‘s latest film Baby Driver played SXSW and received plenty of rave reviews, including one from our own Jacob Hall. The critical acclaim and the buzz that followed was enough to convince TriStar Pictures to bump the film from its initial August release date all the way up to the end of June. They’ve got a lot of confidence in this one, and after seeing the first trailers, so do we.

Now another Baby Driver trailer has surfaced, this one set entirely to the Golden Earring tune “Radar Love,” which was featured in the theatrical international trailer that was released last month, but is used a little more effectively in this quick new trailer. Watch it below! Read More »

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As always, Sir Ridley Scott has more than a few options on his plate. He’s next directing a movie about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, which is currently attracting a trio of fine actors, including Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg, and he’s signed on to direct a movie about the Battle of Britain. Production on All The Money In The World, the Getty project, is expected to begin production next month in Italy.

Below, learn more about the All the Money in the World casting.

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Baby Driver Reviews

Last night, attendees of South by Southwest were lucky enough to see the world premiere of Baby Driver, the latest film from Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs the World director Edgar Wright. The first trailer debuted just before the screening was over (watch it along with a much different international trailer over here), and if you’re somehow not convinced to see the movie, maybe the early buzz from the first reactions to the movie will help.

We have a round-up of some brief reactions to Baby Driver after the jump. Read More »

Baby Driver Trailer

UPDATED: A much different international trailer for Baby Driver has been added. Our original post follows below.

This weekend brings the premiere of Baby Driver to the South by Southwest Film Festival. We’ll have a full review from our own Jacob Hall who is down in Austin, Texas for the film’s premiere (among other things), but until then, fans can satiate their appetite for a new film from the director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs the World with the trailer for this new film.

Baby Driver follows a young getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort) who is nearly mute and suffers from a condition that leaves a constant ringing n his ears, so he relies on his own personal soundtrack to drown out the noise so he can do what he does best. Edgar Wright promised a movie that was powered by music, and the first trailer certainly gives us that.

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