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Rick Senger
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Posted: 28 June 2017 at 8:40am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Saw the premiere of Edgar Wright's latest last night and I'm happy to report it's surely one of his best.  It's a lot less comedic than Shaun of the Dead or any of his more satiric mash-ups but I get the sense this was a passion project.  The painstaking and artful integration of POV music into this film soulfully fills what seems like 3/4ths of the entire run time and many sections are amazing.  Think of the one bravura "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" sequence from FACE-OFF being extended for almost an entire film and you get the idea.  All the sundry heists and overall plotting is from a more standard crime drama playbook but the undeniable energy and flair of its execution has already been noticed by the critics (98% rotten tomatoes.)  This is an unusual non-tentpole, non-franchise June release and I hope it finds an audience.
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I enjoyed the movie and thought it was very good, but I feel it's been a bit overhyped. Although my expectations may have been a bit high because I'm a big Edgar Wright fan. 


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I saw it last night, and I really enjoyed it. Like Michael, I'm a big Wright fan; the friends who saw it with me are not, but they liked it too. Phenomenal action/car chase sequences, terrific soundtrack, and some excellent performances from Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, and Jon Hamm (who surprised me; knowing him only from MAD MEN, I'm not sure I would have guessed he'd be so good as a villainous sleazebag). 
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Jon Hamm was a villainous sleezebag in Mad Men.

And he was great in that.


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Going to see it later today. Was really disappointed when Edgar Wright walked off of Ant-Man due to creative conflicts with Marvel after working on it for years. That's made it a very long wait between his last film, Scott Pilgrim, which was my favorite movie of 2010, and this one. 
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David Allen Perrin:Jon Hamm was a villainous sleezebag in Mad Men.

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True, David; I didn't express that very well.

Perhaps I should have said "greaseball" instead of "sleazebag." A much less sharply dressed and groomed character than Dan Draper, anyway... 
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Shane: did you miss THE WORLD'S END in 2013, or did you just forget about it?
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I very rarely go to the movies because I find them slow and predictable- Baby Driver was fast, surprising, and one of the best things I've ever seen.

I want Edgar Wright to make a Star Wars movie now, focused on speeder bikes.
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I enjoyed it for what it was, but I wish I'd been blown away by the movie I've been waiting my entire life for Wright to make the way some people have. Good stunts, good music, fun editing and entertaining performances but the characters were a little functional for me to want to revisit it. It'll probably make for good background while housecleaning in years to come.
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Posted: 02 July 2017 at 3:25am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Hamm was also a dick boyfriend in BRIDESMAIDS.  Not too much of a stretch to imagine him playing a greasy villain.  
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I saw it last night and thought it was exhilarating - it has exceptional action scenes, and the main characters are instant favorites.

I went to the movie because people were talking about it at work - I knew it had buzz, but I had no idea why.  I really like Edgar Wright, so I wanted to see it without spoilers.  I even went so far to shut my eyes when there was an introduction by the director, featuring scenes of the movie and the director thanking the audience for coming to the movies. 

I recommend seeing this one in the theater - it's really something!!!



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Posted: 03 July 2017 at 9:19am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Great movie. It's a fusion of rom-com musical and high speed bank heist getaway movies, with Ansel Elgort as a very unconventional driver, Jon Hamm as a fun-loving drug addict with some rage issues, Jamie Foxx as a borderline psychopath who just likes killing, and Kevin Spacey as the guy who pulls the strings. Lily James is terrific as Baby's love interest and the music is amazingly well integrated into the story.

Strongly recommended.
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David, I did see The World's End. And loved it. That whole trilogy of films with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost is brilliant. (As was the TV show Spaced.) Not sure why I thought in my mind it came out before Scott Pilgrim. Getting old I guess.
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Posted: 04 July 2017 at 9:30pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Finally got to see it today. I absolutely loved it. My favorite film of this year so far. I'd recommend it to anyone. It has a great story, wonderful action, a pitch perfect soundtrack, laughs, and a love story. It might be Wright's best film yet and he hasn't made a bad one.
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Just decided to see it this weekend.  It was between this and SM: HOMECOMING and BABY DRIVER won out simply because it's in its second week.  Fewer crowds.  Looking forward to it!
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Posted: 07 July 2017 at 10:37am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Loved it. I much prefer Wright's work when they are not comedy vehicles for Pegg and Frost.
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Posted: 07 July 2017 at 10:40am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Was really disappointed when Edgar Wright walked off of Ant-Man due to creative conflicts with Marvel after working on it for years.

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The mix of plot, character and action in BD would suggest Wright would make a great superhero film.
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Posted: 08 July 2017 at 8:14pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Saw it.  LOVED IT.  Want the soundtrack.  It's a definite "must own" when it hits digital.
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Posted: 09 July 2017 at 12:38pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Saw it Friday.

I enjoy innovative risk takers like EW.

That said, I found it enjoyable. The whole cast brought the funk, with
Foxx being my standout performer. Lily James was mesmerizing me
with her performance. I thought Hamm was great chewing that last half
hour up, but, I wouldn't call him the villain. Just suicidally heartbroken. I
actually wouldn't call anyone a villain in this film.

The music/pacing idea reminded me of Hudson Hawk a bit. A fave of
mine.

I told my coworkers that it was like if Tarantino had directed LaLaLand,
but instead of singing, you got a playlist/soundtrack with guns as the
backbeat.
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Posted: 09 July 2017 at 2:40pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Lily James was so evocative of Mädchen Amick's Shelly from Twin Peaks that it had to be deliberate.
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Saw it.  LOVED IT.  Want the soundtrack.  It's a definite "must own" when it hits digital.        

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I got it straight after the film and it is getting repeated plays from me. Absolutely brilliant soundtrack but not advisable to play whilst driving. Particularly Bell Bottom!
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Posted: 10 July 2017 at 6:15pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

I have to admit to having a bit of a heavy foot on the gas pedal after seeing this movie. Not sure the soundtrack would help with that. 
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I saw it last night- was blown away by some of the audacious camerawork and choreography, the soundtrack and the way that they played with soundtrack throughout the fill (gunfire in rhythm to the percussion of the song, etc.)

The scene after the first heist is a multiple blocks in duration tracking shot I'm pretty sure. Is that the longest one in cinema history? I loved that scene! ballsy fun film making.

I also liked the way that this film played with being a "musical" with singing and dancing but was obviously NOT really a musical.

Acting was strong as well but was left a little cold overall by the plot. It's a relatively by the book heist film with a reluctant criminal.
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Posted: 21 July 2017 at 11:18am | IP Logged | 24 post reply

David Allen Perrin:Jon Hamm was a villainous sleezebag in Mad Men.

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Ted Downum: True, David; I didn't express that very well.

Perhaps I should have said "greaseball" instead of "sleazebag." A much less sharply dressed and groomed character than Dan Draper, anyway...

*****

I'd describe the Don Draper character as an "anti-hero".


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Posted: 21 July 2017 at 11:20am | IP Logged | 25 post reply

Baby Driver had some cool moments IMHO -- but I couldn't connect on an emotional level.
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