‘Baby Driver’ Film Review

Grade: A

 

From the word “GO!”, Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’ is a vehicle that never runs out of gas (or tunes) for the trip. Each and every moment is non-stop action and master film-making that Wright uses to full potential. With every drive young Baby (Ansel Elgort) makes, the action is exciting, as well as dangerous. At every turn, danger never quits and he has to be in the middle of it. Why does Baby drive? What is he doing there? And most importantly, “What is the thing with the music in his ears?”, most characters who question him and his ability to be a getaway driver, ask Doc (Kevin Spacey), the crime boss who sets up all the robberies Baby has to be a part of. The story behind Baby’s condition, location, and job, is quite tragic. When he was a little kid, Baby’s parents died in a car crash leaving him with tinnitus, or “a hum in the drum” as Doc calls it; (Don’t worry, that wasn’t a spoiler! It was in the trailer!) the only way Baby can drown out the ringing in his ear is to have music playing in his ear at almost all times. Not only does this make him the best getaway driver in the business, it also serves as the film’s main soundtrack.

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‘Trolls’ Film Review

Grade: C

Trolls Movie Poster

The Troll Dolls (created by Danish woodcutter Thomas Dam) have been inhabiting the shelves of many homes after they were first carved out of wood since the early 60’s. (There is a kind of funny reference to the way they were made early on in the beginning of the film.) I remember growing up around the plastic versions of these hilariously dressed, baby-faced cuties in almost every house I’ve been in; for me, I just could not avoid them. Now that the movie based on the long-dead fad has turned into a ‘Happy Feet’/’Strange Magic’ semi-musical involving the adorably positive trolls and a threat they have to face, the fad may just be back for a new generation of children to collect.

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