Finally, a summer movie with a very different theme. Baby Driver is not your run-of-the-mill gangster movie flick. Instead it is a unique story about a young adult who made a mistake and put himself into a bad situation. That was the good news, the bad news is he now has to pay it off. The problem with paying off debts to bad people is you’re never done, especially if you’re good at what you do. Baby Driver takes place in Atlanta, Georgia and tells the story of Baby, who mostly grew up as an orphan when his parents died while arguing during a car accident. Baby was strapped in the back seat and the only survivor.
As a result of the car accident that left Miles “Baby”, (Ansel Elgort) / Young “Baby” (Hudson Meek) an orphan, he suffered tinnitus causing him to use music to block out the humming in his ears. In addition, he uses music to re-record everyday conversations as remixes and gives them relative titles, which he constantly listens to while driving for his boss, Doc, (Kevin Spacey) a veteran criminal mastermind heist planner and mysterious kingpin of the rag-tag crew of bank robbers. A while back, Baby stole a car belonging to Doc, which had valuable equipment inside — Baby has been paying Doc off by working for him as a get away driver ever since. Baby’s skills as a driver is unmatched as he has been 100% successful. Each job affords Baby $10,00 which he has been saving under the floor boards in his apartment, where he lives with his handicap foster father, Joseph, (C.J. Jones) who is in a wheel chair, unable to speak. The 2 have a loving relationship as Baby cares for Joseph, cooking for him, feeding him and watching TV together. While discussing Baby’s future, via sign language, Baby reveals a new love interest he met, who is a waitress named Debora, (Lily James) who works at the diner he frequents. Joseph convinces Baby to take a job delivering pizza now that he won’t be driving for Doc since he has now paid off his debt.
Doc never uses the same crew twice. Having informed Baby that his debt is paid, Doc is without a driver. Since Baby is the best, Doc is not about to let Baby go. Doc has all the information about Baby and Baby’s loved ones he needs to keep him working for him. The plot thickens from here. The crews and the dynamics between Doc and Baby and Doc and the crews and Baby are pretty interesting and the driving is incredible. The bank robbing crews consist of Monica “Darling” Castello (Eiza González), Jason”Buddy” Van Horn, (Jon Hamm) former Wall Street trader and Darling’s boyfriend, Griff, (Jon Bernthal) bank robber who consistently mocks Baby and Leon “Bats” Jefferson, III (Jamie Foxx), a gun slinging cohort of the bank robbing crew, to name a few. The cast is colorful, well acted and convincing as some of the most paranoid bank robbers to come along in a while. Baby Driver received great reviews and great scores. I enjoyed it very much and highly recommend you check it out! BTY: I think Ansel Elgort has a huge future ahead of him as an extremely handsome young man and a very good actor.
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Tagged ansel elgort, baby driver, cj jones, debora, doc, Eiza González, griff, hudson meek, Jamie foxx, jason buddy van horn, jon bernthal, jon hamm, joseph, kevin spacey, leon bats jefferson iii, lily james, monica darling castello
I haven’t seen many movies about Jesus as a child nor is their much scripture found on the early years of Christ. I was curious to see if this film supported what little I did hear about the life of Christ as a boy. I recognized a couple of incidents as being similar to stories I’d heard before but most were new. I found it strange that bullying exited among the children as strongly as was depicted in The Young Messiah. I always thought the children were more disciplined in that era and environment. I was surprised that Jesus (Adam Greaves-Neal) was picked on and frequently beaten up. My understanding of Jesus as a small boy raising another boy from the dead was when he caused the boys death but in this adaptation, Jesus had nothing to do with the boys death even though he was accused of causing his demise. The Young Messiah is a name change from the original book written by Anne Rice as Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt. “This new title better conveys how our film seeks to present a realistic portrait of Jesus as a child both grounded in faith and consistent with the adult Jesus revealed in the Bible.” (Quoted by the new writers, Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh and Nowrasteh).
From another source, I’d learned that Jesus fixed the size of the wood his father carved to fit when it didn’t, in order to complete a project they were working on together. This did not appear in the movie, however Jesus healing Joseph’s dying brother in front of the village did. There were other miracles performed by Jesus as a young boy depicted in this film up to Jesus disappearing for three days before being found in the Temple by his father Joseph (Vincent Walsh) and mother Mary (Sara Lazzaro). Throughout the movie, Jesus was hunted by Severus (Sean Bean) sent by King Herod’s son (Jonathan Bailey). Also, a Demon (Rory Keenan) appeared whispering in the ear of various persons who made every situation harder for Jesus. Mainly, at the age of 7, when Jesus returns from Egypt to his home in Nazareth with his family, he discovers the truth about his life. He realizes he is the Son of GOD, sent by GOD, to be the savior of humanity.
I thought given the amount of information the new writers had to work with, the film not only held your attention, it gave forth some validity to Jesus’ young life while sending a profound message about the people of that time. I can’t say The Young Messiah lends any new information to the Jesus’ life as a boy because as I mentioned, there is little to no scripture about Jesus as a child. Other than what’s in the Bible already, movies like this only offer speculation. The acting was brilliant and The Young Messiah was spot on and is available on DVD and Blu-Ray. Check it out!
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Tagged adam greaves-Neal, anne rice, betsy giffen nowrasteh, Christ the Lord: out of egypt, GOD, herod jr, Jesus, jonathan bailey, joseph, king herod, lee boardman, mary, rory keenan, sara lazzaro, sean bean, severus, the young messiah, vincent walsh