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

 

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