With all the movies I see, it’s always surprising when a movie comes out of the woodworks without me noticing. When it comes to these movies, they usually end up being totally average but every once in a while, they end up being a surprise hit. After catching this film earlier in the day, I’m please to state that Edgar Wright’s latest flick is firmly in the later of those two categories.
Story: This movie is about a man named Baby who’s a driver. I wish I was making that up. Our hero…or I guess anti-hero is a getaway driver for a criminal heist lord of sorts who ends up being the President of the United States!!!!…oh wait. That’s not true. I forget Kevin Spacey can play characters who aren’t Frank Underwood. Any hoo. Baby ends up falling in love and makes some decisions to save both himself and the love of his life that he totally didn’t know for only about a week. Despite making fun of it, this movie is superb. Pretty much every character with more than 15 seconds of screen time has a well fleshed out backstory and their own personal motivations that result in unique clashes with all involved. This film also plays it safe trope-wise until the end where it deviates slightly from the norm to keep you interested. My biggest problem with the film is that it could’ve ended about 2 minutes earlier and would’ve been much better. And that’s fine. It’s not like it ruined everything that came before it. It’s more of a “I would’ve liked to guess how Baby’s story ends rather than being told what happens” kind of thing. Oh well. Fantastically written and exciting from the start to (pretty much) the finish.
Acting: As I said above, every character here is well written but it’s the actors and actresses that truly sell them. Ansel Elgort, who plays Baby, is so personable that it’s kind of disturbing. Similar to the lead character in Edge of Seventeen from last year, everyone will find something to relate to in Baby’s story and character. Among the supporting cast, Kevin Spacey is da bomb dot com but who’s really surprised. Jon Bernthal and Jamie Foxx play two characters that are just as interesting as they are criminal. Additionally Jon Hamm and Eiza Gonzalez play the love bird criminals, and they are equally cute and hilarious. Finally, Lily James plays Baby’s love interest and she sells her character just as well as the heavy hitters do. All in all, this movie was cast perfectly. Seriously. Had I the power to do so, I would’ve changed a single thing.
Presentation: After doing some research…….ok, some brief research……okokok I just read the Wikipedia page…..ALRIGHT ALRIGHT, I read part of one section on the Wikipedia page….geeze….give a man a break….what was I talking about? OH RIGHT! After reading the Wiki, I found out that director Edgar Wright described the movie as “a collision of crime, action, music, and sound” and boy is that right on the money. This movie is the perfect combination of music and action. There is music playing for the vast majority of the film and every song not only matches the scene to a tee but it is also synced up with everything and anything going on, such as break stops and explosions. It really is a masterpiece of the likes I haven’t seen in a while from a sheer presentation standpoint.
Effect: This film is a joy from start to finish. It’s not the best film I’ve seen this year but it’s certainly up there. It made me wish that Edgar Wright’s version of Ant-Man became reality but until he’s invited back to write a Marvel movie to completion, this’ll do nicely.
Other: My only other gripe I have here is a unique one; I actually wished this movie was about 15 minutes longer than it was. I know I said the ending should’ve been edited down slightly but I was we got to see a little more from the other characters in their natural habitat. It’s a small ‘complain’ for an otherwise terrific movie to send the month of June out in style.
Well, that’s all we got for this week. Hopefully I’ll get to Spiderman: Homecoming next week rather than having to wait a week to see it and review it. Cheers lads!