Don’t believe the hype of ‘Baby Driver.’


‘Baby Driver’ tells the story of a young getaway driver who finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail after being coerced into working for a crime boss.

The thing about Edgar Wright is that he’s had such a great track record over the last decade or more with hits such as ‘Shaun of the Dead,’ ‘Hot Fuzz,’ and ‘Scott Pilgrim vs The World’ along with writing credits on ‘Ant-Man.’ Therefore, it’s no surprise that his latest instalment feels a little lacking. There’s so much hype around the film it feels a little ridiculous.

With a film that’s supposedly boasts a ‘killer’ soundtrack and links up to the action sequences, most of which were unrecognisable, it was a little already seen before. Even with an amazing cast, elements such as the dialogue was a little too on the nose, the love story lacked the chemistry that it needed to make it believable, and the characters were a little underdeveloped. The actor’s had barely anything to connect with in there characters as they were stereotypes of what they could’ve been. This could stem from the fact that there were too many character’s at that with too much of an emphasis on a love story that didn’t work. There’s nothing new about the story with the film only freshly entertaining and slick on the surface but if you delve deeper, it felt like it was nothing but a music video stitched together and a by the boxes film.

More often than not, it’s not hard to feel bored or just plain switched off even though it tries so hard to be exciting and compete with many other action/comedy films such as ’21 Jump Street,’ ‘Kick-Ass,’ ‘Kingsman,’ ‘The Nice Guys,’ and Wright’s own ‘Hot Fuzz.’ Although there’s no doubt that the dilm is fun and does prove some entertaining laugh’s, it’s nothing but a shell. With Wright having such a following, it’s disappointing to see an average at best film.

It’s not a bad film, it just feels like it could’ve been so much better. Stick to Wright’s oldie’s but goodies.

Film-O-Meter: 6/10.

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A story of man with Asperger’s/Autism told right.


The Accountant
 tells the story of a math savant who uncooks the books for a new client when the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.

From the trailer, The Accountant got me hooked from the beginning. It’s a relatively under promoted film with not that many knowing of it amongst a plethora of other releases that are hitting screens at the moment and Doctor Strange still fresh and only a week into it’s release. The film has hints of Keanu Reeves’ John Wick but unlike Wick, it isn’t an all out action film. Though it’s a little annoying at times when information is fed to us through dialogue, the film overall film manages to combine the drama of an autistic accountant who has military grade training and uses it to his advantage.

There was a point in the film where I almost outwardly groaned at a scene between Anna Kendrick and Ben Affleck’s characters in a hotel room where they sit and talk about themselves on a couch. Kendrick’s character moved towards Affleck and tensions rose but thankfully, Affleck moved away and the story could progress. It’s not like I have anything against these types of romantic scenes, but considering the age differences and how strange it would be for their characters to get together, I was extremely glad for them to break apart. Besides, it seems to be a common trend to have a much younger woman with a much older man.

One of the things I liked most about this film was how it dealt with those who have Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. As someone who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at a young age, I thought it dealt with the mannerisms that come with the diagnosis. It wasn’t over the top crazy or seriously misinterpreted as it can so easily have been due to the fact it’s still considerably misunderstood. Affleck portrayed his Autistic character well enough for it to be fully believable. He was honestly the best part of the film.

Director Gavin O’Connor helmed one of my favourite MMA/UFC films in Warrior and it’s a film that really got me back into the sport. After his previous project with Natalie Portman calledJane Got A Gun that was considerably underwhelming, it was really great to see that he was back in the game with this new project. Though his direction was quite simple, it was for the better of the film as often the subplots became a little messy and more often then not threw off the tone of the film. It was, however, still engaging, though could’ve been tightened and intensified a lot more. What O’Connor soars in is making the action sequences super-realistic. There’s no fluffing around, no over the top blood and gore and heroic moments like many other action or even superhero films. When Affleck kills people, it’s not pretty and it happens the way it does in clean cut and efficient manner.

The Accountant is one of the few films that is worth paying money to see at the cinema.

Film-O-Meter: 7/10.