Game of Thrones: Season 7 Episode 2 (Television Review) – War is Coming

After ‘Dragonstone’, my anticipation for the next episode in Season 7 of Game of Thrones was through the roof. One of the main reasons why this was the case was because ‘Dragonstone’ did in one episode what was done in two or three episodes in previous seasons of this TV show. This was setting up the story for the rest of the season. With this in mind, I was expecting this second episode, titled ‘Stormborn’, to really push the plot forward and bring us closer to the War for Westeros.

My Thoughts on Season 7 Episode 2 of Game of Thrones

‘Stormborn’ was another great episode of Game of Thrones that did a fantastic job of furthering the story while, at the same time, having great character moments. It was clear to see that war was the primary focus of this episode, particularly when it came to the planning for it. I absolutely loved the war meetings that occurred with all the major players in Westeros. Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) conducted war meetings that gave us a great insight into a good deal of the characters’ motivations.

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2 Stormborn

I would probably say that Daenerys’ war meeting was my favourite because her conversation with Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) was brilliant. I love Diana Rigg in Game of Thrones. She brings so much class to her character and Olenna’s conversation with Daenerys was such a great moment. It was fantastic to see these strong personalities come together and, additionally, seeing Daenerys’ plan to conquer Westeros was very insightful. On paper, it sounded very achievable. This was despite the obvious tension that was present in the room between Daenerys’ council.

Another element of ‘Stormborn’ that really intrigued me was seeing the desperate situation that Cersei was in with her bid to gain allies. Because she is essentially backed into a corner, she resorted to using propaganda and relying on fear to rally support. While the few allies that Cersei does have are formidable (more on that later), she needs a few more aces up her sleeve to have a chance of keeping the Iron Throne. While she is in a weak position, this does make Cersei more dangerous than ever. In this regard, it will be interesting to see what develops with Cersei as Season 7 of Game of Thrones progresses.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2 Stormborn

Jon and Daenerys

Jon had to make a tough decision in ‘Stormborn’ and, for me, he made the right one. The decision to meet with Daenerys to strike an alliance was not received well by his own war council, especially Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) whose position I understand. However, I do side with Jon when it comes to this decision because, for me, it is crucial that they have this alliance in order to defeat the White Walkers. However, it is almost certain that the meeting they will have is going to be anything but straightforward.

Jon and Daenerys have different priorities and, while Jon is doing the right thing in meeting Daenerys, the outcome that he expects from this meeting will not be the one that plays out. Additionally, while he also made the correct decision to leave Sansa in charge of Winterfell, Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) is still lurking in the background. I am pleased that, despite their differences, Jon and Sansa still have a lot of mutual respect for each other. Yet, I also believe that Littlefinger is going to harm their relationship, especially if he finds out about Jon’s true lineage.

Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm and Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei in Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2 Stormborn

Character Moments

‘Stormborn’ also had some nice character moments. One of the many great things about Game of Thrones is how well it develops the characters which, in turn, gets us extremely invested in the journey of these characters. From the beginning of this episode, we got a great scene between Daenerys and Varys (Conleth Hill) which really fleshed out Varys’ ideology and motivations for supporting Daenerys.

Additionally, Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) had a very tender, vulnerable moment that developed their relationship and it was a really touching scene. Once again, Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) is coming into his own as a man by attempting to save Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) from Greyscale. Sam started out in Game of Thrones as a shy man lacking confidence and self-esteem and to see how much he has grown has been brilliant to see. I just hope that his efforts to save Jorah have worked because Jorah is one of my favourite characters.

Ben Hawkey as Hot Pie and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2 Stormborn

In terms of the great character development in ‘Stormborn’, I would say that Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) stole the show. This is regardless of the fact that her scenes involved the return of a legend; Hot Pie (Ben Hawkey). What I loved about Arya’s part in ‘Stormborn’ was her decision to return to Winterfell. To me, it proved that her family is more important than her quest for revenge. Moreover, her reunion with Nymeria, her direwolf, echoed a conversation that Arya had with her father Ned Stark (Sean Bean) in Season 1 of Game of Thrones. These were great moments for Arya to have and I hope that we see more of this in the future.

The Attack by Euron Greyjoy

Undoubtedly, ‘Stormborn’ ended on a big note. We saw Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek) attack Daenerys’ naval fleet, kill two of The Sand Snakes and capture Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan), Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) and Tyene Sand (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers). The captures he made are obviously the gift he promised to Cersei in ‘Dragonstone’ and it made a real dent in Daenerys’ plans. It also proved how threatening the few allies that Cersei has are and how Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) is still very much a broken man after his past experiences. I mean, I would be after something like this:

Iwan Rheon as Ramsey Snow in Game of Thrones Season 3

While I have seen better battle sequences in Game of Thrones, this one served its purpose of giving us a taste of what is to come. ‘Stormborn’ was a great episode of television that furthered the story both in the broad narrative that is being told and the development of the characters. It leaves me excited for the rest of Season 7 and I am certain that it would have done the same for you.

Game of Thrones: Season 7 Episode 1 (Television Review) – A Brilliant Start

After what seems like an eternity, HBO’s Game of Thrones is back with its seventh season. Since the pilot was released in 2011, this fantasy show has gone on to become a cultural phenomenon. I started watching Game of Thrones after the third season had ended and, since then, I have become obsessed with it. Without a doubt, this is the most cinematic show that I have ever watched and I love the lore, the story, the characters, the world; pretty much everything. Even the weakest seasons of Game of Thrones are still fantastic television to watch.

My Knowledge and Expectation of Season 7 Episode 1 of Game of Thrones

With all of this in mind, I could not wait to watch the next instalment in this brilliant TV show. ‘Dragonstone’ was the title of the premiere episode of Season 7 which itself would only have a total of seven episodes rather than the usual ten. As a result, I felt that, as this season progressed, the pacing would be much quicker than we are used to. Additionally, I believed that there would be more action too as the War for Westeros would be the primary focus of Season 7 of Game of Thrones.

Indeed, Season 6 of Game of Thrones finished with Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) sailing across The Narrow Sea towards Westeros in a bid to reclaim The Seven Kingdoms. We also saw Jon Snow (Kit Harington) being proclaimed the King of the North although his focus is on the wider picture. Indeed, the looming threat of the White Walkers is what will ultimately shape the fate of Westeros and he is well aware of the danger that they pose.

White Walkers in Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 1 Dragonstone

I could not wait to see how ‘Dragonstone’ would play out and to be reunited with characters that I love. Jon Snow is one of my favourite characters but others such as Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey), Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), The Hound (Rory McCann), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) and, obviously, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) all rank very highly for me. I was eager to see their stories continue in Season 7 and I was expecting the consistent brilliance of Game of Thrones to continue.

My Thoughts on Season 7 Episode 1 of Game of Thrones

I was not let down. ‘Dragonstone’ was a brilliant way to re-introduce us to Game of Thrones and setup the rest of Season 7. Obviously, the opening scene of this episode got us right back in the groove and gave us a fantastic moment that, I would argue, is a sign of things to come (It’s death, by the way). Moreover, it gave us a great character moment with a certain Stark who I feel will play a big role in Season 7.

Jon Snow and Sansa Stark also had important moments in this episode that signalled the tension that is brewing between them. They both want the same things but have different methods and I believe that, unless they can unite over the threat of the White Walkers, then they will slowly become more at odds with each other. Additionally, it does not help when you have Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) around at Winterfell to scheme and make things even worse in order to help his own agenda.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow and Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 1 Dragonstone

While doubtful, I hope that Jon and Sansa will still be united as Season 7 progresses. I have to say that Kit Harington and Sophie Turner are brilliant in their respective roles and their performances have got progressively better as Game of Thrones has gone from season to season. Their characters have been well-developed too and I still have no idea how their arcs will come to an end.

The Humour

An element of ‘Dragonstone’ that was a wonderful surprise was the amount of humour in this episode. Clearly, whenever The Hound is in an episode of Game of Thrones he is going to deliver some amusing moments due to his blunt and unforgiving nature. Still, he also went through a lot of great character development in this episode. The Hound has come a long way since Season 1 and I hope that we see more of him in Season 7. I also loved the montage scene that Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) was the unfortunate victim in. The comedic nature of the editing in that scene was brilliant but I did feel for him because he was in the shit (Literally). Still, the moment that had me in stitches was the moment between Tormund and Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie).

In Season 6, we had brilliant moments between these two characters such as this:

Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane and Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones Season 6

And who can forget this:

Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth and Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane in Game of Thrones Season 6

And now we have this to add to the wonderful collection:

Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane and Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 1 Dragonstone

I pray that the “blossoming” relationship that these two have will be developed much more in Season 7. A relationship that seems to be on the decline, however, is the one between Jaime and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey). All signs are pointing towards a split between them. We can see that Jaime is unimpressed with Cersei’s plans and attitude. Meanwhile, Cersei seems entirely devoted to revenge, no matter the cost. I could see a situation where history repeats itself with Cersei descending into madness and Jaime killing her to save scores of innocent lives, effectively becoming the Queenslayer. We will have to wait and see what develops in this particular story-line of Game of Thrones.

No Negatives

Honestly, I cannot fault ‘Dragonstone’. While I have seen some criticism about how this was a slow, setup episode, you need this at the start of a season of television to re-introduce us to the characters, the world and lay the foundation for what is to come. The only criticism of this episode which I can fully understand was a certain cameo which could have taken one out of the episode. For me, it did not because the scene, which involved Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), was a nice, human moment and it was refreshing to see.

Dragonstone in Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 1 Dragonstone

Additionally, I thought that the way this episode ended was perfect. We see Daenerys return to Dragonstone, the home of House Targaryen, which brought us something that we have been waiting for since the beginning; her return to Westeros. I loved the quiet, atmospheric nature of this scene and it closed out an episode which sets the stage for a great season of Game of Thrones (Let’s be honest, every season of Game of Thrones is at least great).

War for the Planet of the Apes (Film Review) – A Fitting End

War for the Planet of the Apes is a sci-fi drama directed by Matt Reeves and it is the third instalment in this reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise. This film is the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. It stars Woody HarrelsonSteve Zahn, Amiah MillerKarin KonovalJudy Greer, Terry Notary and Andy Serkis. The story of War for the Planet of the Apes focuses on Caesar (Andy Serkis) who is leading the Apes in a war against the human military faction known as Alpha-Omega for control of Earth and to become the dominant species.

My Knowledge and Expectation of War for the Planet of the Apes

For me, this is a film which had a lot going for it and a lot going against it. In one sense, War for the Planet of the Apes had a great foundation to establish this trilogy as one of the best that has ever been made. I think that Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a good film and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a very good film and they both helped set the stage for War for the Planet of the Apes to close out this trilogy on a very strong note.

However, that comes with a lot of pressure too as there have been times when the third film in a trilogy is bad; very bad. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Matrix Revolutions, X-Men: The Last Stand and Spider-Man 3 come to mind when thinking about weak third instalments in a trilogy. Still, despite this, I had faith in Matt Reeves to deliver once again and I had no doubt that Andy Serkis would give us another superb performance as Caesar whose arc in these films has been fantastic.

Rocket, Caesar and Luca in War for the Planet of the Apes

My Thoughts on War for the Planet of the Apes

In the end, War for the Planet of the Apes brought this trilogy to a fitting conclusion. While I prefer Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes is a good film that sets itself apart from a lot of the films that have come out this summer. The reason why this is the case is because of its depth. Indeed, this film is much more of a drama than a war film and it shines through its highlighting of themes such as internment, slavery and revenge to name a few.

The characters in War for the Planet of the Apes also elevate the quality of the film. At the core of this film is a brilliant and captivating central performance by Andy Serkis. His portrayal of Caesar through motion-capture technology has been consistently fantastic and he continues this trend in War for the Planet of the Apes.

The acting by Serkis is brilliant and the effects which are used to bring Serkis’ performance as Caesar to life as well as the other Apes are extraordinary. They look so realistic that it is difficult to comprehend that they are not real Apes! Moreover, the interactions that Caesar had with The Colonel (Woody Harrelson) were very engaging and Harrelson did a good job in his role as the villain.

Woody Harrelson as The Colonel in War for the Planet of the Apes

The Flaws of War for the Planet of the Apes

Andy Serkis is a big reason why War for the Planet of the Apes is a good film, despite its flaws which I must get into. Firstly, I thought that the films’ narrative could have been told in a much tighter way. I should say that I adored the first act of the film. It was gripping, emotional, the action was great and it put the film in a position where it could have been better than Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. However, the second and third act of the film could have been cut down which would have vastly improved the pacing of War for the Planet of the Apes.

Additionally, I could have done without the character of Bad Ape (Steve Zahn) because I have never thought that comedic relief was necessary in these films. While I did not hate Bad Ape, I wish more time would have instead been devoted to other characters such as Maurice (Karin Konoval) who is a character that I have loved in this trilogy. His relationship with Caesar has always been engaging and authentic and I also liked the relationship that he had with Nova (Amiah Miller) in War for the Planet of the Apes.

Maurice and Nova in War for the Planet of the Apes

The score in War for the Planet of the Apes, which was composed by Michael Giacchino who also worked on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Spider-Man: Homecoming, was good. But, I did not love it as much as others did. In fact, that is my general feeling about War for the Planet of the Apes. I liked the film. It is good and brings Caesar’s story to an appropriate conclusion.

However, I disagree with those who believe it is better than Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Still, this only shows how consistently good this trilogy is. If you are a fan of these films, then I urge you to see War for the Planet of the Apes because the good in this film far outweighs the flaws. Moreover, while this film brings an end to Caesar’s story, there are more stories to tell in this reboot series and I hope that there is more to come.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (Film Review) – Thoroughly Entertaining

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a superhero film directed by John Watts and it is the sixteenth instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Tom Holland reprises his role as the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man/Peter Parker after his debut in Captain America: Civil War.

The cast for Spider-Man: Homecoming also includes Jon Favreau, Donald Glover, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr. The story of the film focuses on Peter Parker as he tries to find the balance between being both Spider-Man and a teenager at high-school while also dealing with the looming threat of The Vulture (Michael Keaton).

My Knowledge and Expectation of Spider-Man: Homecoming

To say that Spider-Man: Homecoming has been a film that I have been highly anticipating would be an understatement. My excitement for Homecoming mainly comes from how much I loved Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. To me, his scenes and Spider-Man himself were the best parts of a film which, overall, I found to be good but overrated.

I hoped that the good foundation that was laid for Spider-Man in Civil War would be built upon in Homecoming which would also further the MCU in the process. Additionally, I could not wait to see the continuation of Spider-Man/Peter Parker’s relationship with Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and I was curious to see whether The Vulture could buck the trend of underwhelming villains in the MCU. The reviews were overwhelmingly positive so, with all of this in mind, I was expecting good things from Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Spider-Man/Peter Parker in Spider-Man Homecoming

My Thoughts on Spider-Man: Homecoming

After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, I thought that it would be tough for any superhero film coming out in 2017 that is in the MCU to be better. Spider-Man: Homecoming achieves this. This film is so entertaining and it is another success for Marvel. I was smiling from beginning to end and the film is a fantastic blend of being a superhero film and a coming-of-age film. In fact, Spider-Man: Homecoming did remind me at times of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and a direct reference to that film is made in Homecoming which was nice to see.

A big reason why Spider-Man: Homecoming is so great and enjoyable is because of Tom Holland. He continues right where he left off from Civil War and comes across as a real teenager. We can see that he is struggling with all the normal pressures of puberty, adolescence and high-school in addition to his superhero abilities. It is very easy to connect to Holland’s Spider-Man/Peter Parker and he is so likeable, awkward and funny in Spider-Man: Homecoming. I cannot wait to see more of Spider-Man as he has become one of my favourite characters in the MCU.

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Tom Holland as Peter Parker in Spider-Man Homecoming

Moreover, his relationship with his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) was another highlight of the film as it felt extremely natural and authentic. I also liked Michelle (Zendaya) as she provided some enjoyable dry humour and seeing Donald Glover in his small role was cool to watch. Still, my favourite interactions that Tom Holland had in Spider-Man: Homecoming were with Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr.

Since the MCU began with Iron Man in 2008, Robert Downey Jr. has been consistently brilliant and he continues this in his small but important role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in this film. We had the perfect amount of Robert Downey Jr. and, instead of overshadowing, he enhanced the character of Spider-Man/Peter Parker. This gave Tom Holland the chance to successfully lead this film.

A nice surprise in Spider-Man: Homecoming was just how good The Vulture was as the villain in this film. Michael Keaton does a fantastic job in portraying one of the best villains in the MCU to date because he is a very sympathetic character. While he is committing bad acts, the motivations and the reasons why he is leading a life of crime is very understandable. He is much more layered than other villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe which means that he ranks amongst my favourite villains in the MCU.

Michael Keaton as The Vulture in Spider-Man Homecoming

Other elements of Spider-Man: Homecoming that impressed me were the action and the visual effects and, in this regard, I must give a lot of credit to director John Watts. I knew nothing about him going into this film and I feel like he is going to get a lot more opportunities after how well he directed Homecoming.

He crafted a film which is another entertaining chapter in the MCU and elevates Spider-Man to a place where he is now an integral part of this franchise. I know that this is the second reboot of this character and that may put you off seeing this film. I urge you to reconsider as I guarantee that you will leave the cinema much happier after you have seen what is, for me personally, one of the most entertaining films of 2017 so far.

GLOW Season 1 (Television Review) – Fun and Poignant

GLOW is a comedy-drama television series created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. This TV show was developed for Netflix and stars Kate Nash, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young, Marc Maron, Betty Gilpin and Alison Brie. The show focuses on the characters and gimmicks of a fictionalised version of the syndicated women’s professional wrestling circuit known as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW).

It is set in 1980s Los Angeles and the main protagonist is Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), a struggling actress who turns to wrestling in order to survive in Hollywood. However, she is at odds with director Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron) and best friend Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin) after a shocking betrayal.

My Knowledge and Expectation of Season 1 of GLOW

Up until a month ago, I knew nothing about GLOW. My first encounter with this TV show came from Alison Brie’s promotional campaign through her Instagram profile. Additionally, apart from Alison Brie, I knew nothing about any of the cast. Still, I eventually became intrigued by the premise of the show and, after the great reviews it has been receiving since its release on Netflix, I was looking forward to a season of television that I assumed would be, at the very least, enjoyable.

Alison Brie as Ruth Wilder in GLOW

My Thoughts on Season 1 of GLOW

While I do not hold GLOW in the same lofty regard as many others, I found it to be an extremely entertaining, fun television show that was at its best through its dramatic moments rather than its comedic moments. Don’t get me wrong, the show is funny at times and most of the humour came from Sam Sylvia who was my favourite part of GLOW. Marc Maron did a fantastic job in bringing this character to life and I hope he gets recognised for it in the form of an Emmy nomination.

What really made Sam Sylvia such a great character was the fact that, in addition to the comedy, he had layers. Maron portrayed the character in a way where you feel sympathetic for someone who, despite his obvious flaws, is doing his best to make it in Hollywood. Underneath his exterior, he has a heart. In fact, a lot of the characters in GLOW were anything but superficial, especially Machu Picchu (Britney Young). All of this made for some very poignant moments.

Marc Maron as Sam Sylvia in GLOW

I also liked Alison Brie in the lead role of Ruth Wilder and she elevated a talented ensemble cast. You can tell that the whole cast had a great time making GLOW and it transferred well into the actual show as there was a real camaraderie between the female wrestlers. The relationship that they all had with each other felt very natural.

The Music of GLOW

Furthermore, the music in GLOW was great. It fitted well with the aesthetic of the show and particular songs that were highlights for me were ‘Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)’ by Journey and ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane’ by Scorpions. Another element of GLOW which I must commend is the number of episodes we got and the length of those episodes too.

Some of the Ladies of GLOW

There were 10 episodes in this first season of GLOW and they were all around 30 minutes long. Because of this structure, the show flowed very well. It was tight, succinct storytelling that made for a great binge. Moreover, the way this first season ended sets up the second season nicely and I am looking forward to seeing this story continuing because GLOW is a good show that deserves to be supported. I hope you give it a chance.

Baby Driver (Film Review) – Original and Stylish

Baby Driver is an action film written and directed by Edgar Wright and stars Kevin SpaceyLily JamesJon BernthalEiza GonzálezJon HammJamie Foxx and Ansel Elgort. The story of the film focuses on Baby (Ansel Elgort), a getaway driver who reluctantly works for veteran kingpin Doc (Kevin Spacey) in exchange for the start of a better life which he wants to share with Debora (Lily James).

My Knowledge and Expectation of Baby Driver

Baby Driver is the first film that I have seen at the cinema since Wonder Woman and I was looking forward to seeing it. Certainly, it has been receiving a lot of buzz since its world premiere at South by Southwest in March 2017. More recently, the film has been praised by critics for its soundtrack, originality and performances by Ansel Elgort and Jamie Foxx.

While all of this raised my expectations, the main reason why Baby Driver was such a highly anticipated film for myself was because of Edgar Wright. Now, to be honest, I have not loved all of his films. Indeed, I found Shaun of the Dead and At World’s End to be a bit underwhelming. However, I adore Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. I did not know what side Baby Driver would fall on but I was hoping for the best because Edgar Wright is a special director who deserves to be supported.

Ansel Elgort as Baby in Baby Driver

My Thoughts on Baby Driver

Overall, I prefer Baby Driver to Shaun of the Dead and At World’s End but it does not quite reach the same level of quality as Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. There are many things to admire in this very good film that has a great blend of originality and style.

For one, I thought that the performances in this Baby Driver were great. All the cast members did a wonderful job and Ansel Elgort performed very well in the lead role of Baby. His chemistry with Lily James was very natural and the relationship that Baby had with his foster Dad was especially heartfelt.

Lily James and Ansel Elgort as Debora and Baby in Baby Driver

The Music of Baby Driver

Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey were also standouts in a film where the music is such a pivotal reason for how good it is. I loved how the soundtrack is so embedded into the pacing of Baby Driver and it essentially becomes its own character in the film. In this regard, I must give a lot of credit to Edgar Wright for achieving what I can only imagine was an extremely difficult thing to accomplish. This is due to the attention to detail that would have been required for this to succeed to the degree that it did.

The film flows nicely because of this. For me, the only thing that comes close to how pivotal the music is to the pacing and style of Baby Driver in recent memory is a video game called Sunset Overdrive. Obviously, the use of music gives the film an extremely unique and original quality to it. In fact, the originality of Baby Driver reminded me of The Nice Guys and I just hope that more people will see original films like these ones.

Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Jamie Foxx, Ansel Elgort as Buddy, Darling, Bats and Baby in Baby Driver

Undoubtedly, Baby Driver ranks amongst the best films that 2017 has offered so far. Moreover, its qualities also elevate it above some previous Edgar Wright films. The only thing that prevents this film from being on the same level as Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is that I found the humour in those films to be better. Still, Baby Driver is funny at times so if you want to be thoroughly entertained and support original filmmaking, then I implore you to see Baby Driver because we need films such as this one to freshen up the film industry.