Monday, July 3, 2017

Baby Driver

The nice thing about the trailer to Baby Driver is that your reaction to it is an accurate predictor of your reaction to the movie. It's a very honest trailer, if you'll pardon the expression.

This is not to say that the film doesn't have its small surprises. It does. But in the broad strokes? It's a very simple movie and a very simple story, told exquisitely. In some ways, it's like John Wick in that sense.

The one thing you don't necessarily get a sense of in the trailer is how exquisitely choreographed the action and the soundtrack are. Edgar Wright says he's been thinking about some of these chase sequences and songs for two decades, and it shows. It's the hook of the movie, and it's a very entertaining one.

Everything about the movie is just solidly crafted, from the performances to the stunts to the little diversions from your expectations. I mean, don't get me wrong, the film is steeped in, and celebrates, the tropes of its genre, but has enough small diversions to feel clever.

I mean, it's still my fifth favorite Edgar Wright movie, but I have a deep and abiding love for both Scott Pilgrim and the three Cornettos, so it can be my fifth favorite Wright movie and still probably make my top 10 for the year. And in a lesser year, it'd probably sneak into my top five, but this is turning out to be a great, great movie year. On the upside, it's done well at the box office and should end up Wright's most commercially successful movie to date.

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