This is an exemplary case of style of substance. Edgar Wright manages to blend sound effects and soundtrack to a degree almost extraordinary in its accomplishments. On a technical level, it’s a marvel. To look at and hear, Baby Driver is astonishing. But, but it fails on the levels of story and character. The main character, Baby, is just as quiet as the Driver out of Dive, but he’s simply forgettable. Everybody else is merely there; chess pieces in Wright’s marvel without personality.
Next: the story is something we’ve all seen before, and there’s nothing new or unique to alter our perceptions. I never thought I’d say this about an Edgar Wright film, but more than a few times, I was bored. Also, like many films of its kind, it run out of steam before the third act. Not a bad film by any means, just style over substance and everything else.
Hammy’s Rating: 3/5
‘Let’s head West on the 20, in a car we can’t afford, with a plan we don’t have’
Edgar Wright’s latest film Baby Driver was released last week, so what better time than now to go back to Hot Fuzz? It’s ten years old this year, if you can believe that! Hot Fuzz is the second film in Wright’s Cornetto trilogy. For me, it’s my second favourite. Shaun of the Dead is the more refined movie. That’s not to disparage Hot Fuzz in any way. The former is leaner, the second is a little bloated. Its length is the main reason I prefer Shaun of the Dead over Hot Fuzz. However, Hot Fuzz is both a cracking comedy and a great action film. It gets funnier every time I watch it. Continue reading →
It’s a wonder that Ant-Man is on the big screen at all, after its difficult development history and change of directors. But, the Marvel Universe machine is relentless, ploughing through any obstacle that is in its way! Edgar Wright’s name still looms large over the whole thing, and many reviews seem to focus on what the film would have been like if Wright carried on as director. However, the ‘what if,’ while intriguing, does not shed any light on the end product. Ant-Man came to the screen in spite of his departure, and that’s what we’re left with, at the end of the day. And we’re left with a fun, enjoyable film, but a film that shares the flaws common with most films of the Marvel Universe. Continue reading →