Baby?! B-A-B-Y Baby?! (Baby Driver Review)

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In case you haven’t guessed it, we are going to talk about films. Well, one film in particular. Baby Driver is an action comedy film written and directed by Edgar Wright and starring Ansel Elgort, who we know from The Fault in Our Stars, as the main character. Other actors we see in the movie are Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eiza González, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Jon Bernthal. It premiered for the first time in March 2017 on the South by Southwest Film Festival but wasn’t released worldwide until summer. For those of you that are not familiar with it the plot, it resolves around the young getaway driver going by the name Baby (Yes, B-A-B-Y). After his parents died in a car accident when he’s only a child, he is left with partially impaired hearing and ferries the crews of bank robbers assembled by Doc, a mastermind heist planner, to pay off a debt he incurred after stealing one Doc’s cars. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Debora, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now he finds himself and everything he cares for in grave danger. To survive, and escape once and for all this criminal world, will take all of Baby’s skills, wits and courage.

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Hooking up the audience in the first few minutes is vital for a successful film and this one really does it. The opening scene is honestly thrilling. We witness Baby’s incredible talent behind the wheel and get an idea about the general mood of the film. From there on it only gets more and more amazing. Along with the aesthetically pleasing cinematography and the breathtaking stunts, I very much enjoyed the soundtrack. It has this retro vibe to it that fits perfectly with the scenes you see on the screen and gives the whole production an old-time feeling although it’s set in present days. The thing about this film that really impressed me, however, was the way it fluctuates between genres. At one moment you’re watching an electrifying action, the next one it turns into a sweet romantic comedy, then goes back to action. With all that back and forth switching it doesn’t get boring even for a second. The one thing I didn’t really like was the end but I guess that’s just because I like more dramatic endings and this was just a generic happy-end.baby-driver-1200-1200-675-675-crop-000000

Overall, Baby Driver managed to live up to my expectations and even surpass them. It’s honestly an astonishing movie, so if you are looking for something action packed, yet funny, with a sprinkle of romance, add this title in your to-watch list you won’t be disappointed.

My rating: 8.5/10

 

8 Christmas Movies to Watch Over the Holiday Season (Get into the Christmas spirit Pt.1 )

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It’s already December, the first snow has fallen which means the holidays are near. It’s time to get out the Christmas sweater, decorate the house, pop some popcorn, cuddle under a blanket and watch a good movie. Here are my 8 movie recommendations for the Christmas season!

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I am sure everyone knows the story of Scrooge and the three ghosts of Christmas. There are at least hundred movie adaptations of the classic novel by Charles Dickens, however, the one I like most is the animated version from 2009 with Jim Carrey. The animation and the special effects are breathtaking and I believe Robert Zemeckis really managed to give the old story a fresher look in the distinctive style of Disney.

mpw-560252. The Nightmare Before Christmas

It is quite debatable whether this is a Halloween or a Christmas movie, but I really like it that’s why I’m including it in this list. Plus, let’s be honest, the king of Halloweentown discovering the meaning of Christmas is pretty festive, despite all the monsters.

how_the_grinch_stole_christmas_film_poster3.  How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Throughout the year the Grinch surely has become one of the symbols of Christmas and watching this movie I can see why. I must admit I have only seen the remake with Jim Carrey (I really like his acting!), but nevertheless the story it tells is incredible and would appeal to everyone from children to elders.

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Since Christmas time is all about spending time with the people you love, namely your friends and family, here’s another movie that people of all ages love. “Elf” is about a human boy raised by Santa’s elves that goes on a quest to find his real family. It’s incredibly funny and I guarantee it will make you laugh until you cry.

about_a_boy5. About a Boy

Normally I am not a big fan of movies in the drama genre, this is one of the exceptions. The story is a bit stereotypical for the genre, an adult is being taught important life lessons from a child, but it’s really heartwarming and has something for everyone: romance, a pinch of comedy and a lot of eye-opening messages.

open-uri20150422-12561-1kqpnte_5d4f6f426. The Santa Clause

A man accidentally kills Santa and has to take his place. Sounds a bit dark, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not. If anything this movie is the complete opposite of dark. It’s one of the most hilarious Christmas flicks and perfect to watch with the whole family on a movie night over the festive season.

the-polar-express-movie-poster-2004-10105465337. Polar Express

This movie fills my heart with joy and warmth literally every time I watch it. A boy taking a magical train and going on an adventure to the North Pole during which he learns about friendship, bravery and believing in wonders. If isn’t the true spirit of Christmas, I don’t know what is.

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Would Christmas even be real without it? To me and probably to a lot other people this is more than just a movie. Kevin being accidentally left alone in the house has became a Christmas  tradition.

Those were my Christmas movie recommendations! I hope you have time to enjoy them over the holidays.

Bye!

Aesthetically pleasing horror? (The Neon Demon Review)

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Halloween was a few days ago and it would be a crime if you don’t watch at least one horror film just for the spirit of the holiday. This year my friends and I decided to see The Neon Demon, a film that came out a few months ago starring Elle Fanning as lead actress.1jwausk2olof34s8p45z9szuf6

The plot follows an aspiring model in Los Angeles whose youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has. In theory it sounds interesting and the trailer was really promising but in reality in was not even half as good. First of all, there were a lot of plot holes. I know that this is a common problem in this genre, but here it was just annoying since there was almost no action. The whole time I was expecting something thrilling to happen yet nothing was happening. All the scary and gory scenes were congested in the last 20 minutes which was a notch too much and by the end it got just messed up. What I did like, however, was the general atmosphere of the film. It was really beautiful and aesthetically pleasing for a horror (no surprise since it’s set in the Los Angeles fashion world). It is visible that it took a lot of hard work to make it look like that.

Overall, I think it was kind of a mixture between Black Swan and Scream Queens and it would be a lie to say I didn’t enjoy it at least a little bit. Would I watch it again? Probably not. Would I recommend it? Only if you are ready for 117 minutes of thinking “What the hell is happening?” and “Oh, God, that is too messed up!”.the-neon-demon-art

My rating: 4.5/10