Let's talk about Edgar Wright & Baby Driver

Friday, July 21, 2017

I've been wanting to write some sort of 'review' of Baby Driver since I saw it in cinemas, but I actually hate film reviews. I don't read them, and I don't particularly like writing them, but I have to tell you guys about Baby Driver. So really this isn't a 'review', it's more of a love letter to Edgar Wright and his films that shaped my life. Hope you're ready for a giant wall of word vomit!

Shaun of the Dead was the film that did it for me. That film made me want to make films. That film made me excited to do Media Production at college and go for interviews at Manchester and Leeds for Filmmaking. I wanted to make a film as good as Shaun of the Dead. Thing is, I didn't end up doing filmmaking at all. In fact, I withdrew my application full stop because of fear and nerves and self-doubt, blah blah blah. Stupid.

I do feel sometimes I should've just gone for it and ignored that anxiety because maybe I could've made a film like Baby Driver one day. A film that has so much passion, soul and heart put into it. The music, the editing (especially the sound editing, oh BOY), the actors, the cinematography, the writing, the action, the tension, the humour, the feeeeelings. My little heart nearly burst with joy. It made me fall in love with movies all over again. Sequels and adaptations dominate our cinema screens so when something original comes along, we must savour it. Watch it three or four times. Tell your friends about it. Tell Twitter about it. Shout your love for it from the rooftops, etc.

Edgar Wright never fails to impress me. His directing style is second to none. It's energetic, colourful, loud, sharp, witty. I cannot express enough how much I adore his directing and the songs he chooses for his films, and the way he brings his characters to life, and writes their snappy dialogue... let's be honest, I could go on for hours.

Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Spaced in particularly mean so much to me and always will. They remind me of specific times in my life that I think only truly good pieces of film, music and television do. And I can pretty much quote every line from Shaun of the Dead as if I'd written the thing myself. Because I had nothing cooler to do when I was fourteen, apparently.

Basically, Baby Driver is incredible and deserves to be seen on the big screen. Everyone keeps saying this, but it's true. Trust me. I was legit worried I would miss it in cinemas. If I had, I would've never forgiven myself.

If you haven't already sussed out by this post, Edgar Wright is my favourite film director (and person, ever). He is everything I aspired to be as a director, and even though I'm doing something completely different now he still inspires me because his films have shaped me and I can never forget that.

So, good job Edgar for making bloody brilliant films (and putting together the funkiest soundtracks, seriously, check out the soundtrack to Baby Driver here) and making me feel better about everything.

Hope you enjoyed the read. Are you a fan of his work? Let me know your favourite film/short/TV series of his.

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