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
Scott Pilgrim is a sweet, simple, normal guy, much like the previous characters portrayed by Michael Cera (Juno, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist). Aged 23, his life is generally enjoyable with no major problems. No problems, that is, until he meets pink-haired Ramona Flowers (Winstead) at a party and falls in love with her. She may be as sweet as Scott but her history is far less smooth, with seven evil ex-boyfriends standing in the way of their relationship.
This film follows in the tradition of the Michael Cera films we have come to love: a simple enough plot brought to the heights of entertainment by strong characterisation and instant sympathy for out of his depth Scott. However, it departs from the rom-com style through its sheer kick-ass-ness. The evil ex-boyfriends come straight out of video games and superhero films and the fighting scenes do not disappoint.
Scott Pilgrim is the kind of rare pearl that belongs to no genre: it is not a simple spoof of superhero films and it is not a traditional rom-com. Most importantly, it does not try to be any other film. Simply enough, it does not take itself seriously and keeps the feel of its comic-book origins, using effects that you would normally only see in cartoons and in the 1966 Batman. Whilst clearly remaining in the tradition of Michael Cera films, it also draws on the strengths of director Edgar Wright's previous offerings (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) by playing on the massive differences between the two protagonists.
Ultimately, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is the film to watch to wind down, reaching across the board through its unique mix of kick-ass and sweetness.Pierre Schramm
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 second film in Pegg and Wright's "Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy", Hot Fuzz sees Nicholas Angel (Pegg), the London Met's top police officer, transferred to the quiet village of Sanford in rural Gloucestershire after being forced out of London by his superiors for making his colleagues look bad. After partnering with action-hungry constable Danny Butterman (Frost), the two parade the streets looking for missing swans and eating Cornettos. When a series of gruesome deaths rock the village they are simply labelled as accidents. However, being the exceptional officer that he is, Angel realises that they must be murders and that he has to find the culprit with no help from his colleagues or the residents of the village. What he uncovers shatters his beliefs about right and wrong to the very core.
Inspired by huge budget action films such as Point Break, Bad Boys, and Lethal Weapon, Hot Fuzz delivers by creating a hyperbolic, adrenaline fuelled dream world where British policemen are portrayed as similar to their American counterparts. It's a breath of fresh air seeing the action set in a stereotypically rural English town, as opposed to the usual urban settings of LA or New York. There's so much action and mystery that it makes an episode of The Bill look like a children's TV programme.
Kudos must be given to Pegg and Frost. Having worked together for 10 years, their developing friendship in the film is a joy to watch. With laugh-a-minute jokes and fantastic cameos from Bill Nighy, Steve Coogan, and Martin Freeman (also watch out for Lord of The Rings director Peter Jackson as Father Christmas), it ticks the boxes for great action, superb comedy, and a quintessentially British film. Finally we have a film that makes the British police look cool.Michael Buttigieg
The World's End
Directed by Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), The World’s End sees the final film in Wright’s unofficial Cornetto trilogy (also known as the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy), following Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007). The World’s End tells the story of a group of friends who discover an alien invasion in their home town whilst attempting the Golden Mile. The challenge: a 12 pints pub crawl of the town’s 12 pubs ending with The World's End; a challenge left incomplete after the group attempted when younger.
Gary (Simon Pegg), who is broke, single, in therapy and still driving the same car as he was in high school, in an attempt to relive the glory of days of being younger, suggests a second shot at the Golden Mile. But this takes some persuasion as his friends on the other hand now all have families and responsibilities. Although initially reluctant, they eventually give in to Gary's overwhelming enthusiasm.
Sticking to the tried and tested formula of the previous two films, though this time aiming their wits at the sci-fi genre, The World’s End is a brilliant comedy, in which the characters get continually drunker (and funnier) as the story progresses. Although the comedy isn’t suited to all tastes, it is full of true British humour. If you are a fan of the first two in the trilogy, it is certainly worth completing the set. It builds on its predecessors in both scale and character.Alina Haddad
Screenings of this film:
|2017/2018 Autumn Term – (digital)|