The AllNighter: The Night of Wright
|Subtitles:||The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC|
|Directed by||Edgar Wright|
From the creator of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead comes Baby Driver, hailed by critics and audiences alike as one of the year’s best films.
Ansel Elgort stars as Baby, a young yet second-to-none getaway driver who performs jobs in order to pay off his debt to gangster boss Doc, played by Kevin Spacey. As Baby falls in love and dreams of escaping to freedom away from his life of crime, he gets dragged into one last heist, but this proves to be his most challenging and dangerous job yet.
One of Baby Driver’s most interesting features is its brilliant soundtrack – guaranteed to stick in your head for weeks – which is built around the fact that Baby is affected by a constant ringing in his ears, leading him to listen to music on his iPod almost endlessly in order to drown it out. This music therefore shapes his life and his work to such an extent that any interruption from the outside world can throw Baby off his rhythm, causing several problems for him throughout the film.
Baby Driver also contains some of the most original and impressively choreographed car chase sequences in years, including one extended scene in the opening minutes. As in all Edgar Wright films, it is filled with lots of extremely funny moments, many courtesy of the terrific supporting cast, which features the likes of Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Lily James.
All of this, and more, makes Baby Driver truly unmissable.Iain Walker
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Shaun of the Dead
The Shaun of the Dead expertly mixes horror and humour, combining suspense and dry comedy to create a hilarious but also creepy and at times heart-wrenching zombie film. The script, co-written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright centres around Shaun (Simon Pegg) a twenty-something bloke who is just another mindless city-dweller stumbling through his life. The opening segments of the film are some of the sharpest and most comical as Shaun barely notices any changes around him as he makes his way from his play-station to his appliance store job and then to the local pub whilst the city around him slowly becomes infected with the walking dead. It is only the arrival of a drooling, flesh-hungry trespasser that suggests the undead apocalypse may be something more sinister than the dread and routine of everyday life.
The apocalypse narrative dramatizes Shaun’s girlfriend crisis as he tries to rescue his ex and win back her affections. Ironically, Shaun’s best-friend, the slobbish idiot Ed (Nick Frost), tells him his break-up with girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) is “not the end of the world” whilst zombies pile up at the windows of the Winchester, the local pub, Shaun’s idea of the perfect refuge. In this way, English normality keeps reasserting itself throughout the film as Shaun and Ed return to the sofa for “a sit-down” after beating a zombie to death in their garden. An unmissable comedic triumph unfolds in which Pegg ensures we are all rooting for Shaun; his defeated look melts away when the crisis gives him a chance to become a man of action as he attempts to ensure the survival of his friends.Alice Saunders
The World's End
Screenings of this film:
|2017/2018 Autumn Term – (digital)|