So I saw that Chris made a journal about some of the incredible movies our friends are making that aired at the South By Southwest Film Festival, and it reminded me to tell you to see a film that was made by someone who is absolutely not a friend to Chris or me, and even if he was, wouldn't admit it publicly . . .
It's called BABY DRIVER and it comes out in one month, on June 28th.
BABY DRIVER is ninety minutes of car chase heist orgasm . . . filled wall-to-wall with music. Seriously. There's no silence in this movie -- it has a constant soundtrack for reasons I won't spoil for you here. When Edgar Wright (dir. Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim) introduced BABY DRIVER at SXSW, he described that it was like an hour and a half long music video. When I first heard this I said, "Oh, shit. No music video should be that long." Then the film fired up and I was pushed back in my seat the entire time . . . like I was in the driver's seat of a proper sports car, sprinting from light to light in a blaze of peripheral vision blurring glory.
If it sounds like I'm gushing about this movie, it's because I am. But not for the reasons you might think. Sure, it reminds me of great chase scenes from Bullitt and Vanishing Point and The French Connection, et al, the difference being that the rest of Baby Driver is also good and not a boring piece of '70's garbage (and you don't have to even like chase movies to love this one). No, BABY DRIVER reminds me again of why I got into filmmaking--
The movie's exciting . . . fresh. And you might think that because Edgar Wright directed it, it won't feel like a genuinely tense heist movie. Well, it does. His voice and vision are all over it in just the right places. And you know what? This isn't a goddamn sequel to anything. In a world filled with The Rock spastically defending why BAYWATCH is a good movie, BABY DRIVER gives us all hope.
So go see it. Give it some support. Otherwise you'll be left with nothing but Disney sequels, like Pirate's of the Caribbean IX: Depp Needs Money To Pay For His Bankruptcy And More Stupid Little Hats.