Baby Driver (2017)

I have been looking forward to Baby Driver for awhile now. I’ve been a huge fan of Edgar Wright ever since Scott Pilgrim back in 2010. Unfortunately I may have gotten my hopes up a bit too high. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, but couldn’t help feeling a little disappointed when it was over. 

Ansel Elgort plays Baby, a teenage getaway driver for Doc (Kevin Spacey), a crime boss who makes his money putting together heists with various groups of thugs including Jaime Fox, Jon Hamm, and Eiza Gonzalez. Baby is always the designated getaway driver. 

Baby’s parents died in a car accident when he was a child. He survived but suffered damage to his ears that left him with a permanent drumming in his ears. He plays music to drown it out, and as a result had been gifted with near perfect rhythm. This in turn has made him an amazing driver.

Baby pays his dues and decides to leave the game to spend time with his new girlfriend Debora (Lily James), but is dragged back in when Doc threatens her life if he doesn’t comply. He begrudgingly agrees, but has his own plans. He tells Debora to be ready at 2am for a road trip.

The plan for the heist is to hold up a post office for money order slips that they can turn to cash. Baby is sent to scout out the building for cameras and security measures. When he arrives he meets the teller (Allison King) he begins to have second thoughts about the whole thing. 

Bats (Jaime Fox) is known for killing people unnecessarily. Baby hates violence and so when he arrives at the post office for the heist, he trusts to warn the teller from the day before not to go inside. She gets nervous and alerts a security guard who comes to investigate just as the group is coming out of the building.

Now everything goes to hell and everyone but Buddy (Jon Hamm) and Baby are dead, including Buddy’s wife Darling (Eiza Gonzalez). Baby books it out of there, only to be hunted down by Buddy, who’s still a little sour about Baby’s involvement in his wife’s demise. 

After a scuffle in a parking garage, Buddy ends up dead. Baby and Debora attempt their escape, but are trapped by a police blockade. Baby decides it’s time to stop running and turns himself in. 

During his trial, no one has a bad thing to say about him. The judge gives him 10 years. For some reason Debora waits for him after only knowing him for a month or two and they go on their roadtrip together when he is released.

As I said, I enjoyed it. All in all it was a great movie, but compared to last Edgar Wright films I’ve seen, it left something to be desired. It was a solid 4 out of 5, and definitely worth watching.

– D

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Wonder Woman (2017)

DC has finally put up a worthy contender to face off against Marvel. Wonder Woman was, in my opinion, the best DC movie since The Dark Knight. I’ve never been a big Wonder Woman fan but after seeing Batman vs Superman, I needed something to wash the bad taste out of my mouth.

The plot of the movie was fairly interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed the World War I setting, and Chris Pine was excellent as he always seems to be. Diana, played by Gal Gadot, lives on a secluded island with the rest of the Amazonian women having no contact with the outside world until Steve (Chris Pine) crashes his plane nearby. After rescuing him from the wreck, he briefly covers what is happening in the world but is cut off when the Germans follow his downed plane to the island and storm the beach.

Diana decides to go with Steve against her mother’s wishes to help defend the world against Aries, the God of War. Although Steve doesn’t believe her god theory, he agrees to let her go with him if she can get home back to London. After meeting with Steve’s superiors and explicitly being told to stand down, they pair gathers a group of misfit soldiers from the local bar and charges into the front lines, where they plan to foil the Germans plan to win the war.

I want to start off by saying I very much enjoyed this movie, however I couldn’t help but notice a significant number of plot holes through the entire length of the film. To avoid spoiling anything, I won’t mention specifics, but there was a lot that didn’t quite add up to me. The action scenes were outstanding, and flowed very nicely. Overall, I will give Wonder Woman a 3.5 out of 5.