Movie Review: Baby Driver

This movie was both written and directed by one, Edgar Wright who is most commonly known for his work on Shaun of the Dead and Hotfuzz. In this feature film, Angel Elgort stars as Baby, a young man who’s seriously emotionally troubled and finds himself in debt to Doc, Kevin Spacey, a mysterious crime boss in the city of Atlanta. Due to his superior driving skills, Baby becomes Doc’s getaway driver and just so happens to be exceptionally good at it. He comes off seeming completely unstoppable and in a stylish way too, largely due to the fact that his song selections match perfectly with each caper or heist. He only needs to complete on more job to get off Doc’s hook. Once done he can live peacefully with his foster Dad, Joseph played by CJ Jones. However the supporting cast of Jon Hamm as Buddy, Jamie Foxx as Bats and Elza Gonzalez as Darling keep making things ever so complicated for him and his love interest Debora played by Lily James.


One thing that makes the movie stand out is whenever Baby is on the wheel, that automotive mayhem and madness he’s involved in come off like a stylish ballet, however, as soon as everyone gets out of the car it quickly switches back to the usual stereotypes. That one final job, really right? A hero’s backstory that involves an ironic orphaning that has been poetically construed and so on and so forth. The movie goes exactly where you’d expect it would. Basically, it’s a story-line that you’ve probably experienced many times before. Nonetheless, due to the fact that it has some superb driving sequences and scenarios involved accompanied by superior stunt driving, Baby Driver does have its merits. The earphones that are an ever present in Baby’s ears whenever he’s driving play songs that match perfectly with the driving sequence he’s currently involved in in the movie.


You should know that this movie is a crime drama that is action packed from start to finish. There’s constant violence which is usually glamorized throughout the film. There are scenes of numerous mass killings with the deaths choreographed to the music being played at that given moment. You will also see quite a number of car accidents, sudden deaths, dead bodies as well as a lot of blood and gore. Many of the characters end up dying some horrible deaths. There are also some strong sexual connotations in certain scenes accompanied by some sexual vocabulary. There is also a lot of strong language being used all throughout the film.


All in all, Baby Driver is generally not such a bad movie at all. It does exactly what it needs to do, entertain the audience. Which it ends up doing perfectly. This is a wonderful piece of writing and directing by Edgar Wright that plays like a musical through the film lens of a crime thriller that’s action packed from the beginning to end. No doubt definitely

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Movie Review: Good Time

Directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, indie film-makers, Good Time (2017) takes audiences on a journey through action, drama, and the strength of brotherly-love. A breakthrough role for actor Robert Pattinson who had all but disappeared since the Twilight series, this film shows a whole new side of Pattinson who plays the young Constantine or “Connie” Nikas. A volatile yet fiercely determined youth, Connie is dedicated to his younger brother, Nick, who has severe learning disabilities.

The directing-brother duo takes much of this film from the 70s style of cinema and mimics the design of directors Martin Scorsese and Jerry Schatzberg. Not entirely fictitious, the Good Times takes from the autobiography “Daddy Longlegs,” and the romance “Heaven Knows what.” Many streaming media services like  ShowBox, Netlfix bought the rights of this movie for online streaming. Get ShowBox for PC Windows 10 and watch Good Time without any advertisement. The film is set in modern time, and the plot occurs throughout the course of only one night involving crime, violence, drugs, and the harsh reality of prison for those with mental disabilities.

Pattinson is the central focus of this film. His desperation and volatility make him into a character that you almost love to hate and hate to love leaving you very little sympathy for all the trouble he seems to walk himself into. A completely different character than Edward from Twilight, Pattinson does an excellent job of bringing Connie to a deep almost psychotic level and drives home the complications of youth to accept responsibility and instead seek out their own ways of making things better—even if it is to their disadvantage. Connie’s love and devotion are saved only for his brother as his interaction with his girlfriend, friends, and those who attempt to help him are filled with mal intent and manipulation.

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Nick Nikas, played by Benny Safdie, does an excellent job portraying the young boy with mental disabilities and his journey through the unfolding events with his dutiful brother. Jennifer Jason Leigh brings a reality and depth to Pattinson’s character through their interactions as a “couple.” And music director, Daniel Lopatin infuses traditional action-drama pieces with more popular and modern music.

As the film opens on dirty and crowded streets of downtown New York, Connie bursts into his brother, Nick’s, therapy session and steals him away to assist in a bank robbery Connie has been planning. Nick’s learning disabilities have put him at a point where he is violent with his caretaker, the boys’ grandmother. Connie is devoted to his mentally handicapped brother and finds it his duty to do all he can to protect him. Motivated by both desperation and the desire to create a better life for him and Nick, the boys attempt to rob a bank of nearly $65,000 only to have the dye packs explode on them covering them in bright red paint. As the two try to escape, Connie gets away while Nick is arrested by the police. Frantic Connie seeks the help of his girlfriend for the $10k in bail money. After that attempt does not fully succeed, Connie embarks on a plan to break his brother out of Rikers Island only to undergo a night of violence, drugs, and many more action-packed events.

Actors who star in one leading film often find it extremely difficult to take their image away from previous associations. Pattinson dealt with this very situation as he built his character of Connie in Good Times. Such a drastic change from the demeanour of Edward was necessary to show what kind of acting chops Pattinson possesses. A troubled youth who has a broken home life and a brother who he is devoted to yet has a completely different set of problems, Pattinson creates layers within his character that slowly unfold as the storyline progresses and Connie finds himself in more and more trouble.

What is more interesting to consider is what the Safdie brothers insinuated with the trailers compared to what is delivered in the film? The initial trailers showed Pattinson’s character as a boy wanting to help his troubled brother who had somehow been put into prison by his own doing. The brother is never portrayed as having a disability giving more sympathy to Connie than Nick.

What the audience comes to learn in the initial scenes is that this image is far from the truth. It could very well be that the Safdie brothers have created a new modern-day image of the anti-hero who is faced with all the challenges of 21st-century youth living in a metropolitan area such as New York yet still stuck in between the reality of what is and the desire to achieve something much greater.

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