Baby Driver (2017)

Baby Driver (2017)

I don’t often watch movies, and certainly not right on the release date, preferring to instead spend my time gaming, or possibly watching anime or some good TV series. But this movie did rack up some talk, and I was free, even for my standards, so I thought, why not? Well, let’s get right down to the matter, and talk about how Baby Driver fares.

The protagonist’s name is Baby. Yes, you read that right, it’s Baby. So, what does he do? Baby works as a getaway driver for Doc, but is trying to get out of this stressful business. Why doesn’t he, you ask? Well, Baby happened to dump Doc’s merchandise on one occasion, and now Doc’s put him to work as the driver for all the heists he pulls off. Baby’s driving skills happened to be the only thing that saved him from taking a bullet to the head. And Baby comes with his own quirks. He’s always listening to music on his iPod, whether he’s just chilling at home with his foster dad or buying coffee for his heist mates or even during intense car chases where he’s drifting like crazy and pulling off 180-degree turns with a practised ease. Actually, his habit of listening to music started from his childhood itself, and was more of a necessity than anything else. When he was a kid, Baby was involved in an accident in which he lost both his parents and has since then been suffering from tinnitus, a condition in which the patient’s ears constantly ring. He uses music to drown out the noise.

One fine day, Baby meets a waitress at a coffee place and a love story begins between the two of them. And he’s also managed to pay off all that he owed Doc, by working as his driver for a bunch of heists. He now wants to get out of the nasty business he’s been embroiled in for so long, and lead a new life with his lover and his foster dad. But then he’s forced into participating in yet another heist by Doc, and this time round the odds seem a bit too long for the heist to succeed. Can Baby get out, once and for all, from this life of crime?

                                           So, that’s the plan. Baby, what do you think?

The story of Baby Driver is passable and gets the job done, for the most part. However, the plot progression has been achieved pretty well. However the movie drags a bit around the halfway mark, where the romance track kicks in. The action in this film is pretty slick, I must say. Chase scenes of all kinds were impeccably well done, and this is the shining point of Baby Driver. The car stunts are damn good, and makes you think about what The Fast and Furious series could have been, instead of the mindless set-piece montage it seems to have become. Another thing that was amazing, was the soundtrack of the film. It’s on point all the time; not only that, it also does a great job establishing Baby’s character. Watching the other thieves’ consternation at Baby’s seemingly carefree demeanor is always oddly satisfying. the humor is good too; and there is no overdose of it , a trap a lot of movies seem to fall into these days.

The acting in Baby Driver is pretty good, I would say. Ansel Elgort is awesome as the mostly-silent, music-loving Baby. CJ Jones as Baby’s deaf-and-dumb foster dad is good in his role; the silent banter between father and son is entertaining to witness. Kevin Spacey as the heist leader Doc, is witty and satirical, but underneath it all lies a menacing persona. A role he plays to perfection. Jamie Foxx as the volatile Bats is cool, and so are Jon Hamm and Eiza Gonzalez as a pair of lovers robbing their way through the city. Lily James plays Deborah, Baby’s love interest, and does well too. But clearly, the standout performances come from Ansel and Kevin Spacey; it is their show throughout.

If you guys want to see something uber cool but somewhat grounded in reality, Baby Driver would be a good choice, in my opinion. If you happen to be going to the cinemas,better make Baby Driver the reason for this excursion.

RATING : 8.2/10 

PROS :
– Cool action sequences
– Humor is well done
– Ansel Elgort and Kevin Spacey are epic
– Awesome soundtrack

CONS :
– Plot is nothing special
– Film drags a bit during the middle part

 

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The Lion’s Song : Episode 1

The Lion’s Song : Episode 1

It has been some time since I’ve played indie games, more than four months I’d guess. So I wanted to check out something different, after the mainstream fare I’ve gone through recently like Call of Duty, Battlefield and Dark Souls. The Lion’s Song is a recently released indie game on Steam, and is free-to-play. Let’s check it out.

In The Lion’s Song : Episode 1, you play a musician named Wilma, whose first composition was a roaring success. Her fame skyrockets and the prominent people in the music field want to see more of her compositions on the big stage. Her mentor Arthur, sends Wilma off to a place in the middle of the Alps, so that she is away from all the hype and expectations, and work on her music in peaceful solitude. The first episode chronicles the effort Wilma puts into composing her music.

The Lion’s Song is a point-and-click game and the episode lasts only about 45 minutes or so, but don’t be fooled by its length. The game also takes into account the decisions you make as the player to influence the outcome, and as such the replay value is pretty high for TLS. And the decisions are supposedly going to make an impact on what kind of ending the player receives. For an indie game that is free of cost, this is pretty awesome. The game’s animation is pretty meh, but it is only to be expected, again because of  its free-to-play nature. But the music is brilliant, if I must say so. If you’re a fan of classical western music like Mozart, Bach, Chopin etc., you’ll most probably like this music too.

Overall, I would say that TLS : E1 is a pretty good game, and those who want to try out some indie game should definitely play this, as well as those who like music in general. I for one, am waiting eagerly for the next episode of what seems to be something special.

 RATING : 7.5/10

PROS :
– brilliant music and background
– choices impact outcomes
– high replayability

CONS :
– pixellated animation is nowhere near great

PANDA EYES – KIKO

PANDA EYES – KIKO

Thanks to DubstepGutter and Mr. SuicideSheep, I went from being a guy who listened to mostly mainstream music, to someone who listens to a shitload of dubstep and indie music. Recently, I took time off to listen to the whole of Panda Eyes’ album KIKO. So how is this dubstep and bass album?

Really good, if I may say so. And over the last few months I’ve heard a hell of a lot of music. KIKO can be called electrotica, short for electronic erotica, because this album has a number of tracks which sound amazing, in fact I found absolutely none of the songs to be even a bit uninteresting. All the songs are on the point, and the bass drops are godly. Quite a few of those A-bomb jokes must have been cracked in reference to these songs for sure. And sometimes when Panda Eyes goes over to the glitch hop side or gets it all to accelerate to peak velocity, it’s goddamn amazing.

Does the album falter at all? Maybe, but I’m not one of those guys who’ve found the flaws in them songs. I just put on Panda Eyes and lose myself to those electronic plays.

The album has 16 tracks in all :

  1. F**k off
  2. Weed N Fries
  3. Sky Race
  4. Teminite and Panda Eyes – Highscore
  5. KIKO
  6. The Lights
  7. The Returning
  8. Colorblind
  9. Panda Eyes & DatPhoria – Keep Going (ft. Cozy)
  10. ILY
  11. On my own
  12. Love Game
  13. For You
  14. Panda Eyes & Teminite – Adventure Time
  15. Crystal Cave
  16. Miracle

I like the DBZ reference there…

The tracks that really stood out for me were KIKO, Colorblind and the two tracks in which Panda Eyes collaborated with Teminite. Highscore and Colorblind were actually some of the tracks that made me join the electronic bandwagon. But in an overall sense, any of these tracks can hold their own and more, even if they hadn’t all been parts of a brilliant album which KIKO is.