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.


‘Cinderella’ is for all ages.

Cinderella tells the story of a young woman named ‘Ella’ who finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters when her father unexpectedly passes away. She is never one to give up hope, however, and her fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger that turns out to be the crown prince.

Everyone at least knows the basic tale of this film. Whether it be through the disney musical or through the Drew Barrymore film Ever After. Kenneth Branagh’s adaption proved to bring nothing entirely new to the table save for a quirkier, funnier fairy godmother in Helena Bonham Carter, and beautiful costume design. And not to mention Cate Blanchett stealing each scene that she finds herself in. She’s by far the best part of this film. I do have to applaud the casting of this film as Richard Madden, who played Prince Charming, seemed to fit his role like a glove.

Although this doesn’t happen to be the worst remake in Hollywood’s history. The industry does have a tendency, especially nowadays, to remake classics (hello Beauty and the Beast live action remake that I’m scared will ruin my favourite childhood film). There’s nothing original about this film, apart from it’s lack of musical numbers to accompany it. But to be quite honest, I don’t think I could’ve seen anyone else but Branagh to direct this film to bring a certain charming naive quality to the production. While many other smaller, lesser known live-action remakes lacked the heart many Disney films bring to their films, this adaption was genuine but nothing unique.

Would definitely recommend this film especially to the younger audiences and something to bring your little nieces to.

Film-O-Meter: 6/10.