Let me preface this by saying that I’m still working on recovering all the old posts from the wayback machine. I can’t find the one post that explains the 3DMT in depth. 3DMT = 3 Day Movie Test ™. Basically it means I need to sit on my opinions about movies for a while before I make a final judgement.
And with the 3DMT there are some holes in the theory that people have pointed out. Eg ‘if you’re thinking about a movie for that long, doesn’t that make it worthwhile in itself?’ etc… But it’s still the Uncle Kenny way of ratings.
Why did I see Baby Driver in the first place? I really like Guillermo del Toro. I follow him on Twitter. When Baby Driver came out he unloaded a long set of tweets RAVING about the movie and Edgar Wright (the director, his buddy). So I immediately thought- okay, I’ll go see it on that recommendation alone. [direct link to Twitter raves].
We went, and we thought it was entertaining. I liked all the actors in it. I liked 90% of the story. I liked the cameos (Paul Williams!). And I liked the music.
But after chewing on it for a while I came to the conclusion that the film was too in love with itself. It’s too self-referential with the references and the music. And something I didn’t think about for a while was that the female characters in it are really really poorly thought out (see below).
GDT did tweet that
The key to understanding it fully- at least for me- is in the fact that it is a fable, complete with its very own Disney prince and princess, but it is also rock n’ roll. Meaning- the magic exists in a dirty, genre-tainted world. The film is incredibly precise. Flawlessly executed to its smallest detail: breathtaking Russian arm shots, real-world car mount and foot chases executed with the vigour and bravado of a Gene Kelly musical.This is An American In Paris on wheels and crack smoke. Its a movie in love with cinema – the high of cinema and motion.
And I see his point about looking at it as a fable. He’s correct in that it helps- but I shouldn’t have to tell you before you go see it to think of it as a fable. Because if you didn’t know that – you know what you’re going to think the movie is? A late night getaway/heist movie combined with a music video. It’s like a low-rent La La Land meets Getaway.
Again, I did think it was entertaining, and I liked all the actors and I find myself listening to the music from the soundtrack periodically- but you can skip it until DVD.
Looking back in a few months or years I’ll probably think this is a harsh review, but maybe if I had seen it without reading about del Toro raving about it first I wouldn’t have been so dismissive.