The story follows a deluded old man (Jonathan Pryce) who is convinced he is Don Quixote, and who mistakes Toby (Adam Driver), an advertising executive, for his trusty squire, Sancho Panza. The pair embark on a bizarre journey, jumping back and forth in time between the 21st and 17th century. Gradually, Toby becomes consumed by the illusory world and unable to determine his dreams from reality. The tale culminates in a phantasmagorical and emotional finale.
But what really got my attention was this part of the EFE article:
The scene they filmed during the journalists’ visit is a transition sequence in which Toby meets with Jacqui (Olga Kurylenko), the wife of his boss, during a costume party, in a “medieval daydream”.
I can’t tell you how excited I am by the prospect of Adam Driver being involved in a fantastical costume ball that blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Gimme those Labyrinth ballroom scene feels.
While I wouldn’t say I’m as hyped for this as I am for The Last Jedi (that would be dangerous!), I eagerly anticipate it - I love Gilliam as a filmmaker and have been waiting for a long time for him to realise this project. Adam Driver is just the cherry on top.
my fave is autistic -- baby driver (projecting like hell edition)
>has to be listening to music at all times >shades to indicate “don’t fucking talk to me” >special interest!! and talent!!! >hyposensitive to most sensory input >eats off the kids’ menu >has to do everything in time to his music >doesn’t have meltdowns >has essential outfit staples >bad at talking to people but will talk to people he knows and loves >quotes movies to get his point across >one phrase from a conversation sticks in his head >will sing and dance along to his music, in public, as a form of stimming and expression of emotion >someone give that man a tangle and chewy necklace pls – a sidenote from me >music as escapism >concentrates BETTER when listening to music >takes his ipods, his comfort items, EVERYWHERE
Edgar Wright has to be one of the most unique and talented filmmakers of the 21st century. Initially finding fame as the director of the British sitcom Spaced, he went on to co-write and direct the critically acclaimed Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy with Simon Pegg and he directed the cult classic Scott Pilgrim Vs The World. He was in talks with Marvel to write and direct the Ant-Man movie, but he left due to creative differences. Now he’s with another major studio, Sony, with his next project. Baby Driver. An action comedy about a young getaway driver suffering from tinnitus trying to escape his criminal lifestyle. Is it any good?
Do you really need to ask?
Unlike Marvel, Sony actually allowed Edgar Wright his creative freedom and control, and it makes all the difference. Baby Driver has got to be some of Wright’s best work yet. His kinetic editing style is very much in tact, making each car chase and action scene memorable and intense and the writing is superb. Wright’s trademark use of synchronicity and parallels are present throughout and the story itself is intelligently constructed with a lot of emotional weight to it. Admittedly the story of a young man trying to escape from a criminal gang in order to live on the straight and narrow with the love of his life isn’t very original, but it’s the way Wright does it that makes it so fresh and engaging. The narrative often tries to subvert our expectations, throwing in many twists and turns to keep us interested.
Ansel Egort is a revelation as Baby. From the first opening scenes I was immediately invested in his story due to his performance and great characterisation. Baby doesn’t actually have many lines of dialogue in the movie. Instead we’re told every we need to know about him through the visuals, his actions, the way he interacts with he other characters and the audio. The film’s soundtrack, as well as being used to make action scenes more exciting and to comedically offset more tense scenes, also gives us a unique insight into Baby’s thought process and views of the world and people around him.
The other characters are equally as good. Lily James does a good job as Baby’s love interest Debora. The two share great chemistry together and you’re completely invested in their growing relationship. I also liked the relationship between Baby and Joseph, played by CJ Jones. Baby’s deaf foster father. It’s these scenes I found to be the most touching and I loved the bond they have. Jamie Foxx is fantastic as the psychotic criminal Bats. Presented in the trailers as being more of a comedy character, he actually instigates some of the film’s most tense scenes and while there are some funny moments with him, I was mostly pretty frightened of him due to the character’s unpredictability. Jon Hamm and Eiza Gonzalez do an excellent job as the husband and wife team Buddy and Darling. They’re kind of a more vulgar and explicit version of Bonnie and Clyde, and I really liked the direction their characters went in the film. Finally there’s Kevin Spacey as the criminal kingpin Doc, who commands a great authority and presence on screen. But then what do you expect from the guy who played Hopper in A Bug’s Life?
If you haven’t already, you should definitely check out this film. Baby Driver is a stylish, engaging and entertaining thrill ride with an intelligently written story, memorable characters and possessing a maturity and complexity that you don’t often see from these kinds of movies. Quite possibly the best movie Edgar Wright has ever made. I’d definitely rate this up there with Hot Fuzz :D
Lamborghini Miura P400 SVJ, 1971. The Miura “Jota” was a personal project of development driver Bob Wallace. There are 6 SV/J’s known to have been built by the factory while the Miura was still in production, one was built new (chassis #5090) and five were converted from existing SVs (chassis #4934, #4860, #4892, #4990 & #5084). Another SV/J was built at the Lamborghini factory between 1983 and 1987 from an unused Miura S chassis. This was made for Jean Claude Mimran, one of the Mimran brothers, the then owner of Lamborghini. Further Miuras have subsequently upgraded to SVJ specifications