‘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.
Elvis & Nixon is the untold true story behind the meeting between Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n Roll, and President Richard Nixon, resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment immortalised in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.
This is one of those films that is released at the wrong time as it’s overwhelmed by the summer blockbusters that take the majority of audience’s attentions. It’s a shame, though, because audiences miss out on decent films like Elvis & Nixon that will leave you more satisfied then a CGI filled film that will most likely leave you exhaustedly disappointed. That and this is one of the rare films that will grace cinema screens directed by a woman. Female directors are so few and far between, hardly been given the chance to really shine. The call for women behind the camera in a variety of roles has become a growing presence and so it should be because if us women are making films like Elvis & Nixon, more chances should be given.
Director Liza Johnson tells a satirical unknown story of two worlds colliding with a meeting in the famous Oval Office that Kevin Spacey has become comfortable in, especially with his role as Frank Underwood in one of my favourite television shows House of Cards. Although it may be easy to discredit films like Elvis & Nixon, like it is in many cases with films heavy with cheese, but that would be entirely missing the whole point of the film in it’s satirical essence. These two figures that meet couldn’t be more different but the script manages to give them something to talk about and bond over their distaste of The Beatles.
While Spacey has always been a favourite actor of mine, Michael Shannon has grown on me over the years and is a face that is considerably underused as he goes for a re-imagining of Elvis. It’s good to finally see him tackling a little comedy as there is honestly nothing like watching him give a karate demonstration to the President in one of the most recognisable places in America. There’s nothing much to be said about Spacey’s performance he nails Nixon’s persona perfectly. With the addition of Johnny Knoxville, who I’ve only seen in those idiotically funny Jackass films and it’s preceding MTV television show, was somewhat genius as he adds to the humour of the film.
Although it’s a bit of a silly film, it’s hardly make you cringe like a lot of comedies nowadays. It’s good to finally get a somewhat smart comedy. So to the creators of this film, both on screen and off, I’d like to say…”thank you, thank you very much.”