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  • pulp50
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    Liked the movie a lot, but I imagine there will be many later this year I will like much more. It was maybe overhyped a little, but it was still great, a lot of fun. I could definitely see it maybe getting a globe nomination. If the Martian and Birdman are comedies this certainly is too.

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    I’m a Wonder Woman fan myself. …

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    It was enjoyable … But nothing life changing … it was a slow in a few spots and a little too much dialogue for me , i wanted more driving… also wasnt a fan of the ending..

    Loved Hamm , Foxx , Spacey and Elgort

    “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
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    Just saw this movie. It was a lot of fun. In terms of awards, I think it’ll have a chance at a comedy musical globe nomination, maybe for Elgort too but doubtful. It’ll probably easily get that SAG stunt ensemble nomination. It’ll be in the race (haha car pun) for a PGA nomination because they love blockbusters. In terms of Oscars, it’s sole shot is sound. Hopefully it’ll win sound mixing, but let’s be honest, the sound trophies already had Dunkirk’s name on them. Maybe it’ll get both sound nominations. Outside of what I mentioned, I don’t think it’ll get any other Major awards consideration.

    It was a lot of fun and as I mentioned, the sound mixing was amazing. I loved the soundtrack. Elgort and the whole cast was great. Hamm should play villains more often because he’s great at it when he does. I also loved the actress that played his wife. As usual, Jamie Fox was a bit hammy but he was still good. Spacey was great of course. And Lilly James was great as well. I personally wouldn’t nominate this outside of sound, but it was definitely a whole lot of fun.  My third favorite movie of the year so far (after Get Out and Logan).

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    This really was a lot of fun in a genuine manner and probably one of the most exciting moviegoing experiences I’ve had in a while. The last half hour or so is so much fun and over-the-top in a grand and great way. I was very impressed with Edgar Wright’s direction here, a pretty great screenplay as well. Elgort was very good and James proved worthy of a role that played outside the archetype for the female romantic lead. Foxx’s character was a bit annoying, but is involved in many of the film’s best moments. Spacey was good at playing grey. Hamm continued to grow throughout the film and damn near stole the whole thing. Music, sound, stunts…not much more to be said that hasn’t already been said. I could see this being placed as a comedy at the GGs and picking up a nod without being a complete outrage. I think you generally leave the movie feeling good and it seems like if your film isn’t completely fucking depressing, you can say its a comedy at the Globes. Honestly, I’m just happy an original film released in the heat of summer is a breakout smash success like “Baby Driver” has been. I hope this inspires some more original blockbusters instead of the seemingly endless summer cycle of sequels, reboots and movies purely made for the action. Yes, “BD” is technically an action film, but you could also easily categorize it as a crime drama, a satire, a heist film, and a romantic thriller. More original films that are made for the mainstream and not just for Oscars, please!

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    Saw this yesterday. Enjoyed it a lot but I don’t think anyone in this film is going to get an acting nomination come Oscar time. That being said I was perhaps most impressed with Foxx. Not typically a Foxx fan. I recognize his talent but tend to not like the guy personally. However I thought this was his best performance in a long while and I can’t believe that more people in the media are slurping Jon Hamm. The above poster described Foxx’s character, Bats, as being “annoying”. Whatever. The character was meant to be the disruptive one. That doesn’t make him annoying unless you are going all fan-boy with the other characters and actors. No, I would better describe the character as malicious, vile and funny. I 100% bought Foxx as a bad guy not to be messed with. I bought him as someone who was legitimately dangerous and realistically unstable. He was also highly perceptive and quick at figuring things out. Also in my theater his remarks generated the loudest laughs. Outside of the opening getaway scene, the best moment of the film involved baby going to the diner with his team of criminals. That was a moment all about acting, about generating tension. And Foxx OWNED that scene.

    On the other hand I didn’t buy Hamm’s Buddy nearly as much as a guy to be feared. Despite his wife having to tell us how bad-ass he was, despite Edgar Wright towards the end trying to make him somewhere between an elite Bond Villain who could take out a dozen cops with his gun skills and an invincible Mike Meyers clone who would not die, nothing about Hamm’s performance convinced me he was this huge threat. Don’t get me wrong. He’s pretty good overall. But for him to be getting the best praise for this film is laughable. Its like media are still trying hard to do their part in making him a huge star.

    Anyway a few things keep this movie from being a true classic:

    The storyline involving Baby’s foster dad fell flat and felt too forced. A little too cute in some respects. The cynical part of my braid tells me those moments were only included to ensure the audience were sympathetic towards Baby, saw him as a good guy trying to right. And to do that they gave him a black, handicapped, mute, senior-citizen parental figure.

    2)I didn’t buy Baby deciding to resort to such violence in the end. I realize it wasn’t his first option and he was desperate, but the first ¾ of the film did nothing to hint at him being capable of such violence regardless of his situation.

    3)You can see almost everything coming a mile away in the last act. We could all guess there would be a little surprise waiting on baby when he came for Debora at the diner. We could all guess something would be waiting on Baby, Doc and Debora on the ride down the elevator. We all knew Buddy wasn’t dead when baby thought he was dead.

    3)Wright couldn’t nail the landing. This movie didn’t know how to end so it settled for numerous attempts at closure.

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    Just saw this movie. It was a lot of fun. In terms of awards, I think it’ll have a chance at a comedy musical globe nomination, maybe for Elgort too but doubtful. It’ll probably easily get that SAG stunt ensemble nomination. It’ll be in the race (haha car pun) for a PGA nomination because they love blockbusters. In terms of Oscars, it’s sole shot is sound. Hopefully it’ll win sound mixing, but let’s be honest, the sound trophies already had Dunkirk’s name on them. Maybe it’ll get both sound nominations. Outside of what I mentioned, I don’t think it’ll get any other Major awards consideration.

    It was a lot of fun and as I mentioned, the sound mixing was amazing. I loved the soundtrack. Elgort and the whole cast was great. Hamm should play villains more often because he’s great at it when he does. I also loved the actress that played his wife. As usual, Jamie Fox was a bit hammy but he was still good. Spacey was great of course. And Lilly James was great as well. I personally wouldn’t nominate this outside of sound, but it was definitely a whole lot of fun. My third favorite movie of the year so far (after Get Out and Logan).

    Holy shit, those are my 3 favorites too! Although because of my personal childhood nostalgia, the Captain Underpants movie will always have a special place in my heart, so much so that I saw that one 3 times in theaters. In a sane world, all 4 of these movies would be Oscar nominees for Best Picture. However, I will take it as a huge victory if they at least nominate Get Out, because I just know that they will go for a bunch of awards-bait like they usually do. Then again, with the diversification of the Academy’s membership, who knows what surprises await us with the nominations next year? 🙂

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    Decided to see this on a whim last night, so some initial thoughts. I’d avoided it for awhile now, mainly for its silly-sounding title and underwhelming trailer. I remembered Ansel Elgort fondly from “The Fault in Our Stars” and was hoping he would carry this lead role well, which he most certainly did. Edgar Wright is a boss, plain and simple. His use of music here was Tarantino-esque, and I think I’ve already seen one of the five best editing achievements of the year for the Oscars. The story itself was nice, yet slight. I can’t stop thinking about “The Beguiled” in all of its highs and lows. I doubt this film will stick in my mind past Emmy nominations this weekend. It pretty much boiled down to a romance story in the end, one of which I thought Lily James wasn’t remotely matched up for. I did like some of their cutesy diner scenes and the pre-con planning sessions for the character-building. The garage scene set piece was thrilling in a shoot-’em-up guns and explosions requisite sort of way I’ve seen many times before. Besides Elsort, I was thrilled to see the great Jon Hamm steal the movie right from under everyone else’s noses. Not sure I buy into any Oscar speculation for him (I say this with a “Mad Men” avatar proudly plastered for all to see still), but after some very underwhelming nonsense paycheck roles (“Million Dollar Arm,” “Keeping Up with the Joneses”), I hope that we’re seeing the beginning of top-tier post-Don Draper work for Hamm (which I doubt he’ll ever top). This could have been a super one-note role in other hands (and may have been on paper), but Hamm made it into something greater than that and showed up two Oscar winners in the process. Part of me doesn’t know what movie Foxx or Spacey were even in at times, but that’s for another discussion, I guess. Glad I took a chance with it regardless, as well as providing a nice weekday distraction. I knew that I wasn’t going to waste my money on any more “Transformers” and “Spider-Man” spectacles. I appreciated the freshness and swagger of “Baby Driver,” even if I was hoping for a bit more substance at its core.

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    GusCruz
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    This is getting released here on the same day as Dunkirk and I’m far from more interested in seeing what Wright has to offer than Nolan.

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    My two cents…

    Ah, movie soundtracks. Wall-to-wall tunes can make great cinema all the more powerful (think American Graffiti, Goodfellas and Stand By Me) and, on occasion, give a considerable lift to otherwise ho-hum pictures (like Waiting to Exhale and yes, Saturday Night Fever).

    In recent years, however, I’ve grown a tad wary of films leaning so heavily on their music. American Hustle and Guardians of the Galaxy, for instance, sport fabulous soundtracks but are otherwise middling and uninspired pictures. Still, people ate these two movies up, in large part because of the countless classic tunes trotted out in both films. The use of a fantastic song can do wonders with a scene…even if there’s really nothing else of note to speak of on the screen.

    Like those two pictures, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver sports one hell of a soundtrack, stuffed with ’70s tracks and a scattering of tunes from other decades too. Unlike those films, however, Wright’s picture also has some meat on its bones beyond just the music.

    Ansel Elgort is Baby, the masterful getaway driver who, with earbuds and a limitless iTunes collection in tow, is a true beast behind the wheel. Baby begrudgingly works for heist mastermind Doc (Kevin Spacey) to both pay off a debt he owes to the kingpin and support his deaf foster father (C.J. Jones). Among the colorful characters Baby is stuck chauffeuring around are the hotheaded Buddy (Jon Hamm), vicious Bats (Jamie Foxx) and conniving Darling (Elza Gonzalez).

    One day, Baby comes across the woman of his dreams, diner waitress Deborah (Lily James). That head-over-heels feeling is mutual but just when it appears Baby’s business with Doc is over and the young couple can drive off into the sunset together, Doc forces Baby into another, even more perilous heist job. With Baby itching to run away with his new love and tensions high among the increasingly unhinged team, odds are heads will roll this time around.

    More than anything, Baby Driver is a master class in film editing and sound. The car chase sequences here nearly rival the legendary likes of Bullitt and The French Connection. Per usual with Wright’s films, there is no shortage of buoyant energy beaming off the screen and the director/writer also does a lovely job with the romance between Baby and Deborah. Their scenes together have a genuine, warm charm that serve as a refreshing break from an otherwise punchy and savage picture.

    Elgort isn’t necessarily the most compelling of actors but still makes for a plenty convincing and engaging Baby. Even better is James, enchanting as the innocent dragged along for the dizzying ride. Spacey, Hamm and Foxx are just OK as the heist-hungry crooks – all three, obviously, have been in much more challenging form before but also don’t bring a whole lot of juice to their roles. It’s some of the smaller turns, like the endearing and funny Jones and Andrea Frye, as an old lady both carjacked and charmed by Baby, that often steal the show.

    Baby Driver isn’t spectacular from head to toe – the non-action scenes involving the criminals aren’t all that absorbing and the combo of violence and comedy isn’t as at-ease as in Wright’s Hot Fuzz – but still, it’s a fun and vibrant summer romp for the most part, with some dynamite set pieces. Also, how could I not enjoy a film that intertwines both It’s Complicated and The Little Rascals in the same scene?

    B+

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    This was a fun, decent movie.

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    Andrew D
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    This was a fun, decent movie.

    prefect review

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    “Baby Driver” is definitely in my top 10 films list … so far.

    It’s pure entertainment. I loved the action, cast, and especially that soundtrack!

    Jamie Foxx was hilarious. I wouldn’t mind him getting a Supporting Actor nomination.

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    I second the Foxx nom. Elgort was great, and would make (along with the film) a worthy Golden Globe nominee.

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    Interesting to see the Foxx love here. It felt like I was seeing a version of his “Horrible Bosses” character here. The only one who reached near Oscar-level to me was Jon Hamm, surprising me in a way I wasn’t expecting in a film like this one.

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