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Movie Review: Baby Driver

After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

Edgar Wright is one of my favorite writers and directors having yet to disappoint in a film and effortlessly blending action and humor. Baby Driver, his latest film, leans heavier on the action side of things, but also gives us his best work yet in a movie that blends action, humor, and music in a way that feels original and a nonstop ride.

Actor Ansel Elgort shines as Baby, the “Baby” in Baby Driver who is forced to be the wheelman for some bad folks. It’s a good thing Baby is a natural behind the wheel moving a car like some direct symphonies. The film opens with a sequence that sets the tone as to what we can expect and for just shy of two hours we’re treated to a music driven action film that feels like as much as a ride as it is a movie.

What surprised me at first is the use of music which feels not like a soundtrack but instead we’re part of the action surrounded by the thumping sound. It’s diagetic, as Baby experiences the music, so do we. It also emphasizes the role music plays driving our lives and helping us perform our actions. Even a scene in a laundry mat feels like it’s straight out of a music video.The music too provides clues as to Baby’s life. Wright brilliantly uses the music to teach us about Baby’s life allowing a backstory to be presented without wasting time with filmed scenes.

The music too provides clues as to Baby’s life. Wright brilliantly uses the music to teach us about Baby’s life allowing a backstory to be presented without wasting time with filmed scenes. It also provides clues as to where things are going. As Baby’s world unravels so does the music as it slows and becomes eratic. It’s impressive and one of the best usses of music in any film I’ve experienced.

Ansel is cool in a movie full of cool individuals. A relative newcomer, Elgort goes toe to toe with Jon Bernthal (underused), Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx. That’s impressive, beyond impressive. Eiza Gonzalez and Lily James are newcomers to me and deliver fantastic performances as well, one bad ass and the other Bonnie to Elgort’s Clyde. Everyone, no matter how big the role, nails it. Truly impressive is CJ Jones who plays Joseph, Baby’s caretaker who is now being taken care of. Jones is the rarity in films a deaf individual playing a deaf character and his inclusion shows how focused on the details Wright was when creating this film. While a lot of the characters and performances borderline on tropes/stereotypes, each is beyond enjoyable and most importantly fun.

Baby Driver is a mix of films, Goodfellas, Heat, Fast and the Furious, but still stands out as an original. This is my favorite film of the year by a long shot and one I could watch over and over. Baby Driver is a music driven, action packed, adrenaline fueled, instant classic.

Overall Rating: 10

‘Allegiant – Part One’ has finished filming

Via E! Online

Via E! Online

The Divergent Series... There is so much controversy surrounding this franchise and whether it’s good or bad. Many people call it a Hunger Games rip-off, others — a mediocre YA film. What matters is that Lionsgate get to make money off this series. It’s true, Insurgent made domestically almost as much as Divergent, while surpassing it worldwide with about 7 million more at $295 million, almost hitting the $300 million mark.

This week the principal photography for The Divergent Series – Allegiant: Part 1 has officially wrapped up after beginning few months back in the end of May. Ansel Elgort, who plays Tris’s brother — Caleb, took it to his Instagram to announce it by also borrowing a line from his other movie last year, called The Fault in Our Stars, but reiterates it a bit by saying the following:

“ITS A META”FOUR” #Allegiant we are WRAPPED! I know we’d all rather see theo shirtless I’m sorry.”

Here is the photo he posted on the social network:

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He also posted another behind-the-scenes photo with his stunt double:

So what do you guys think? Will you be seeing this one when it hits theatres? We will be. Also, do you want the ending of the book to be changed or not? Make sure to let us know what you think in the comments, or by filling the poll.

The Divergent Series – Allegiant: Part 1 comes out on March 18, 2016.