Baby Driver (Trailer #1)
Two years on from his last written project and four years since his most recent directorial venture, Edgar Wright is back with an adventurous heist movie set to the beat of explosive ’60s and ’70s hits.
Whilst Wright was busy representing UK talent and premiering his new film at the most recent South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, the rest of the world was given the pleasure of the first ever trailer for his 2017 summer feature, Baby Driver. If you are familiar with Wright’s previous work – most notably ‘The Cornetto Trilogy’ which includes Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End – you will know that the movies he creates are framed around his love for other films, and it is certainly no different this time around.
Reportedly a homage to the “holy trinity” of nineties heist films including Heat, Point Break and Reservoir Dogs, Baby Driver tells the story of young getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) who is constantly wired into his iPod in order to drown out a ringing in his ears that he attained from a car accident when he was younger. Baby is constantly hired by criminals to evade the police and to get them safely away from their targeted location. But in classic heist-movie tradition, there’s always one last job and before Baby can escape the life of danger that he’s acquired, he must undertake his riskiest mission yet for infamous gangster Doc (Kevin Spacey) and his sketchy group of crazy crooks.
The trailer certainly gives us a taste of the impressive ensemble cast that Wright has managed to pull together for his high speed picture. Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Eliza González, Jon Bernthal and even Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Flea complete the team of gangsters, whilst Lily James plays diner waitress and Elgort’s love interest, Deborah, who proves to be his main motivation to escape his life of crime. But his limitations are reflected in the soundtrack. The trailer runs to the track of Nowhere to Run by Martha and the Vandellas, fittingly reminding our protagonist that, ‘There’s nowhere to run to, Baby’ as he drifts around the urban landscape, closely pursued by a swarm of police cars.
Despite many people criticising the film for being too similar to Ryan Gosling’s critically acclaimed drama Drive (2011), the trailer gives a promising insight into the world of music-fuelled adventure scheduled to hit our screens on 16th August 2017. The soundtrack looks set to be just as important as the film’s central themes and the combination of catchy tunes and thrilling stunt work may well work together to form Edgar Wright’s best work to date.
Pixar’s slate for the foreseeable future basically consists of sequel after sequel: Cars 3, Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles 2 – though who’s actually complaining about that one? However, hidden amongst these franchises is what looks to be from the first trailer, a true gem.
Coco, previously called “Day of the Dead” after the Mexican holiday of the same name, is about Miguel, a 12 year-old boy, who inadvertently stumbles upon the Land of the Dead. With an awkward family reunion, an intriguing stranger known as Hector (voiced by Gael García Bernal, of The Motorcycle Diaries and Mozart in the Jungle) and some fabulous music, this is hopefully a return to form for Pixar, whose last original film, The Good Dinosaur, didn’t live up to expectations.
However, Lee Unkrich – a veritable Pixar veteran, having co-directed Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and, of course, surviving the enormous pressure of directing Toy Story 3, to mass acclaim – is helming this project, so it’s safe to say that Coco is in good hands. And, if this teaser’s last shot – the countless multi-coloured lights shining from thousands of tree houses – is anything to go by, the visuals and animation will be stunning. How could we ever expect anything less from Pixar?
Coco will be coming to UK cinemas on 8th December 2017.
Despicable Me 3
As someone who loves a good kids film for no more than a chance to escape from reality for a few hours, Despicable Me ticked every box when it first came out in 2010. Since then, it’s catapaulted the familiar image of the ‘minions’ into public consciousness and gone on to produce two extra films, Despicable Me 2 and Minions. Anyone who knows me can affirm that I do indeed know all the words to the second film, not least because I watch it on repeat every Christmas.
You can imagine my delight then, at the news of a third film, with the trailer released this month. It seems that Gru, in his attempts to catch a criminal, has failed and lost his job. It then transpires that Gru has a brother, conveniently named ‘Dru’ and with the same weird accent that Steve Carell has somehow managed to create. Ironically, this Dru has a full head of luscious blonde locks and is incredibly rich, not to mention a master criminal.
Having adored the first and second films, yet slightly disappointed with Minions, I wait with bated breath to see if this film lives up to expectations. With any luck, Despicable Me won’t go the same way as the Shrek franchise did. One thing’s for sure, however, I will be at the front of the line with the rest of the six year olds, waiting to escape back into Minion-land.
Despicable Me 3 is coming to cinemas on 30th June 2017.
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