British filmmaker Edgar Wright has always imbued his films with specific, idiosyncratic, and florid sensibilities, but his latest effort – the action comedy Baby Driver – is his most assured and intricately constructed work to date. A passion project for the filmmaker over the past decade, there aren’t any details – large or small – that haven’t been lovingly thought out and executed. It’s a masterful bit of storytelling and direction. Every inch of every frame and every seemingly inconsequential sound effect or character foible get delivered with relentless, accurate vigour. It’s writer-director Wright’s most perfect film, and it’s doubtful that any other studio films released this summed could hope to clear Baby Driver’s ludicrously high set bar.
Toronto may get a lot of on-screen time, thanks to the Hollywood productions that are often filmed here, but it’s not very often that the city gets to play itself.
Writer and director Edgar Wright went against the flow though, taking on the big screen adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Toronto-centric graphic novel, Scott Pilgrim, which gives our fair city a unique starring role for a change in one of the coolest comic book adaptations of the year.
Coming out this week on DVD and Blu-ray: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has Michael Cera fighting for the love of his life; David Duchovny stars in the third season of Californication; plus a look at Ramona And Beezus, Grown Ups, and Charlie St. Cloud.
There’s a movie for just about everyone debuting this week in theatres. Julia Roberts stars in the romantic travel drama, Eat Pray Love; Sylvester Stallone and a cast of action heroes fight it out in The Expendables; and Michael Cera plays a would-be teenage hero in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.