Blockbuster-wise, it’s hard to tell if it’s going to be a great summer. There’s plenty of truly great indies, but for the most part, the sea of sequels, reboots and franchise pictures don’t, as yet, look tremendously appealing. Only “War Of The Planet Of The Apes” and “Dunkirk” look like they could be genuinely great, unless something truly surprises.
But the summer could well be saved by “Baby Driver.” Edgar Wright’s latest, something of a change of pace for the filmmaker, is an action-crime-musical that dampens down the comedy he’s best known for in the shape of a lean, mean, old-fashioned thrill ride that comes across like a blend of Walter Hill’s “The Driver” and “La La Land.” We loved the film, about a tinnitus-suffering getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who lets the beat of music drive him to greatness, when it screened at SXSW (we called it “a thrilling fast and furious fantasia”), and a new TV spot revealed by Wright on Twitter is a reminder of just why it might be the movie of the summer.
Selling both the stellar reviews and the promise of, as Kevin Spacey’s Doc says in the trailer, “something bold, shameless and brazen as f**k to talk about over their lattes,” it, perhaps even more than the trailers, sells the film as the absolute blast we always hoped it would be. Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzalez, Flea and Sky Ferreira also star, and the movie opens on June 28th. Watch the clip below.
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 2, 2017