Monday, March 13, 2017

Sony releases two incredible trailers for Edgar Wright's 'Baby Driver' after electric SXSW premiere

In my not-so-humble opinion, Edgar Wright deserves to be mentioned alongside Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson as one of the most innovative and brilliant directors working today. Wright has made four films since 2004, and every single one of them has been terrific. He burst onto the scene in 2004 with Shaun of the Dead, a distinctly British zombie comedy that introduced the world to the hysterical talents of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Wright re-teamed with the two comedians for Hot Fuzz, the bombastic action movie spoof that cemented his status as a truly dazzling filmmaker. He got his first chance to work with a bigger budget for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, a box office flop that has since emerged as a cult classic. In 2013, Wright finally completed his acclaimed Cornetto Trilogy (which started with Shaun and Fuzz) with The World's End, another comedic masterpiece that toyed with the sci-fi genre to great effect. After wasting several years on Marvel's Ant-Man, Wright left the project, giving him free reign to pursue whatever film he wanted to make. Wright immediately turned to Baby Driver, a musical heist picture that had long been a passion project for him. The film premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin this weekend, and to coincide with the debut, Sony released the trailer(s) for the film. Check it out below!

In addition to the domestic trailer which will surely play in front of a few films in the coming weeks, Sony released an international trailer that is completely different from the US one. Check it out!

Wright is one of those directors who can simply do no wrong, and the SXSW crowd went wild for the film this weekend. Billing it as a car chase musical (with Indiewire's Eric Kohn calling it "Busby Berkeley's Grand Theft Auto"), fans raved that Baby Driver just might be Wright's best film yet. After multiple years of anticipation (and I do mean years), it appears that Wright's fifth film will be worth the wait. The film is currently standing at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes through 12 reviews, and it has a sterling 82 on Metacritic, which indicates universal acclaim on the review site. Anyone familiar with Wright's work knows that he uses music to great effect in every single one of his films, and the idea of the stylish filmmaker doing a whole film based around fast-paced tunes sounded like a dream come true. Someone described it as an addictive drug for Edgar Wright fans, and that just makes me giddy with anticipation.

As for these trailers, they're just awesome. I've watched each of them six or seven times, which is certainly the most I've watched any trailer since Star Wars: The Force Awakens. They're both spectacularly wild blends of music and action, and while there are certainly some very funny gags (the Michael Myers joke comes to mind), this looks much darker and more violent than anything Wright has done in the past. But even if it's less humorous, it certainly doesn't look any less fun. Baby Driver looks like a straight-up blast, and the fact that the cast includes Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, and Jamie Foxx only makes me more excited. Baby Driver is pretty much everything I want from a movie, and it is undoubtedly one of my most anticipated of the summer. I still can't believe that we're getting a new films from Christopher Nolan and Edgar Wright in the span of less than a month. If you're looking for me late this summer, you know where I'll be.

Baby Driver opens August 11. It can't come soon enough.

Image Credit: IMDB/Sony

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