Baby Driver is a stylish and completely original mob movie that is a welcoming breath of fresh air within a summer movie season that has been just okay so far. The film follows Baby, a get-away driver who has been coerced into working for a crime boss and must pull off daring escapes from impossible heists. However, he is looking for his chance to leave the life behind and just when he thinks he has a plan, things get really crazy really fast.
Director and writer Edgar Wright brings a specific style of direction that only he can bring to a film, and it works perfectly for Baby Driver. The movie is full of great car chases, top acting, crazy and colorful characters, and awesome music. There are very few movies out there where only a specific director could tell a particular story, but in this case Wright is the only director that could have pulled this off. Only Edgar Wright could have selected the music heard throughout the nearly two-hour long runtime and accompanied it with all the action, character moments, and humor in the movie. The movie can almost be classified as a musical because of how the music is written into he script, and complements everything the characters are doing. (more…)
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is the newest, and most unique, telling of the story of King Arthur and his mystical sword Excalibur. After Arthur is robbed of his birthright, he is raised in a brothel in the back-alley streets of Londinium. However, after pulling the magical sword, Excalibur, from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his legacy and take is rightful place as the true King of England.
This is by far the most different, and supernatural, telling of the famous story of Arthur’s rise to becoming a King. Directed by Guy Richie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes), the film feels nearly like a superhero origin story. Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) grows up a nobody, but through unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances gains immeasurable power in wielding the sword, Excalibur. He must then use this power to overthrow the evil false King, Vortigern (Jude Law). How does this not sound like a superhero film? (more…)
The Great Wall, currently, is the most expensive film ever shot completely in china – with a whopping reported budget of $150 Million. It tells the story of a western mercenary, played by Matt Damon, who is imprisoned at the Great Wall, and while there discovers the reason behind its construction is to repel wave after wave of marauding beasts. While imprisoned at the wall he is forced to fight alongside an army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force of lizard monsters.
While the film is directed by Yimou Zhang, the Chinese director who is best known for great films like House of Flying Daggers and Hero, this is not his finest film. The Great Wall does have trademarks of Zhang, such as beautiful colors, and great action set pieces, but it has glaring flaws that really bring the film down. (more…)