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March 12, 2017 at 1:59 am #1202035030
Had a quick look and I don’t think there is a thread for this.March 12, 2017 at 3:05 am #1202035037
And the first reactions are pretty impressive from SXSW.
Eric Kohn: If you thought LA LA LAND rejuvenated the movie musical, wait until BABY DRIVER, which is like Busby Berkeley’s GRAND THEFT AUTO.
Jen Yamato: BABY DRIVER is everything I never knew I needed. SXSW audience losing their minds for it and it earns every bit of the love. Elgort is great. Hamm is great. Spacey is great. Foxx is great. James is great. Already loved BABY DRIVER *before* the ATL Twins cameo
Mark Olsen: Edgar Wright’s BABY DRIVER really is like nothing else, a gangster heist romance car musical. Energy at #sxsw premiere just through the roof
Kristy Puchko: Baby Driver is a wild ride and a hell of a good time. Drive + La La Land – pretension = Baby Driver
Devindra Hardawar: Baby Driver is exactly what you’d imagine an Edgar Wright Fast & Furious to be. A pure blast. And if you’re a fan of Edgar Wright’s long takes and music choices, Baby Driver will basically be your crack. Like a musical chase film
Neil Miller: BABY DRIVER: it’s both the most and best Edgar Wright film. It’s a flat-out brilliant, rip-roaring action musical. Loved it.
Erik Davis: BABY DRIVER is fantastic, an adrenaline fueled music-driven gem that gets faster & greater as it rides. The last quarter is tremendous
Eric Vespe: Baby Driver is fuckin’ awesome. Edgar Wright made his own version of a movie musical except the choreography is car stunts and violence.
Jasonosia: BABY DRIVER: Lots and I mean LOTS to love, yet frustratingly imperfect. Character motivations & intelligence vanish towards a sour end. Wright once again refreshingly deconstructs movie musical numbers, and reconfigures thru these extremely spectacularly crafted getaway chases
Scott Mantz: BABY DRIVER: A really fun, kick-ass, wild ride! Edgar Wright fans will go crazy! Awesome cast, amazing soundtrack, great car chases!
Harry Knowles: Edgar Wright’s BABY DRIVER is a film that matches the pulse of the best day you’ve ever lived! Incredible
Marlow Stern: Jon Hamm gives far and away his best film performance in Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver,’ which is pretty damn fun
Will Goss: Baby Driver: I’ll let you know how immensely I enjoyed Edgar Wright’s latest once the ringing in my ears stops.
Matt Dentler: BABY DRIVER is essentially a jukebox musical by way of Steve McQueen. BABY DRIVER is also a reminder that Edgar Wright is one of the most refreshing directors working today.
Jason Bailey: BABY DRIVER is all flash, which is a bit of a step backwards in EW’s evolution after THE WORLD’S END. But it is mighty good flash.March 12, 2017 at 5:08 am #1202035065
Ansel Elgort? Ummm….
Other than that this looks interesting.March 12, 2017 at 5:59 am #1202035071
Hopefully it’s better than his Fault in Our Stars performance.March 12, 2017 at 6:05 am #1202035074
Hopefully it’s better than his Fault in Our Stars performance.
Hopefully it’s all better than The Fault In Our Stars. Bit of a wasted opportunity of a film that never lived up as a whole to the potential of the sum of its parts.
I hated the book. I usually dislike all of John Green’s gimmicky novels, but this one was the worst. The movie was a tad bit better but not that much away from a Sparks movie.March 12, 2017 at 8:26 am #1202035086
I’m probably going to see this because of Hamm and Spacey. It sounds interesting.March 12, 2017 at 11:50 am #1202035215
This looks like a lot of fun in a very Edgar Wright way! The critics are hyping it right; I don’t know what they mean but sure I want to find out. I’m already loving that his name is Baby and how stupid everyone sound when they say it.
I hope this push Jon Hamm to finally become a thing in movies. Please! Also I’m surprised about the size of the role of Eiza González. I thought it would be tiny but I’m happy it’s not.
Ansel Elgort. Ugh. UGH. U G H.March 12, 2017 at 12:16 pm #1202035227
I think Freddie Highmore would have been a more interesting casting for Baby.
Timothée Chalamet, Alfred Enoch, Nat Wolff, Dylan Minnette, Nicholas Hoult, Callum Turner, Logan Lerman, Shameik Moore, Tye Sheridan, Emory Cohen, Dylan O’Brien…March 12, 2017 at 12:19 pm #1202035229
I wonder if the movie could do anything awards wise since it’s getting such great reviews. Maybe screenplay?March 12, 2017 at 12:58 pm #1202035248
It doesn’t look awards friendly at all (and it shouldn’t be either). And of all the things those few early reviews are praising, the screenplay is not one of them. One even called it “all flash”.
Great reviews does not have to equal awards recognition.June 20, 2017 at 2:15 pm #1202127626
Saw this film last night. I LOVED it.
Ansel Elgort is FANTASTIC in the lead role as Baby! So charming and smooth but not in a cocky or hammy way, it is a real star making turn from him. It is that for Lily James as well. She owns her scenes, and the two of them together are dynamite. The laundrette scene just simmers with the perfect mix of passion and love.
The supporting cast are all terrific too. There is no single weak link. Hamm is my favourite of the bunch, just for going relatively against type – a big step up from the douchebag role in Bridesmaids. Kevin Spacey is great as the ringmaster of the group, balancing his menace with his genuine admiration for Baby.
The script is lean, whip smart, full of mini Easter eggs which are a real treat for viewers. His direction of the action scenes are a real crowd pleaser, it never becomes stale, unlike other films with car chases and heists at their core. Wrights direction, story and his actors always make it feel fresh.
The soundtrack is just full on genius. It never feels gimmicky, every song fits every scene and shot – there isn’t a musical note out of place.
I cannot recommend this film enough. It isn’t an awards friendly film – but that says more about awards bodies than it does about this film. It is my clear favourite of the year so far – 5 Stars (First of the year from me!).