Welcome to The Trailer Park! This time, I’ll be looking at the trailers for Baby Driver and Atomic Blonde.
First up is Baby Driver, the latest film from writer and director Edgar Wright.
Baby Driver follows Baby (Ansel Elgort), an extremely talented getaway driver who falls in love with a waitress named Deborah (Lily James). He sees this as an opportunity to leave this lifestyle, but a brutal mob boss named Doc (Kevin Spacey) has other plans.
I haven’t seen to much stuff by Edgar Wright. I’ve seen Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, and the TV show Spaced (so, pretty much the stuff that he’s done with Simon Pegg). However, I very much liked the stuff by him that I have seen. While the trailer has a more serious tone than his aforementioned works, there is still a bit of humor there, particularly the scene where they were supposed to have Michael Myers masks but ended up with Mike Myers masks.
Wright has also stated that all the songs heard in the movie are diegetic ( http://collider.com/baby-driver-trailer-edgar-wright/):
“One of the premises of the movie is that Baby is pretty much soundtracking the movie. Every song you hear in the movie is actually happening within the scene. And in some parts of the movie he can’t really operate properly without the right music playing.”
The film was screened at the SXSW Festival on March 11, to generally positive reviews. It will be released into theaters in the US on August 11.
Next up is Atomic Blonde, directed by David Leitch.
This spy thriller follows Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), an MI6 operative charged with going into Berlin to take down a spy ring that has just killed one of their agents. She makes contact with a Berlin station chief named David Percival (James McAvoy), with whom she is forced to cooperate.
The opening of the trailer has a bit of a different tone than the rest of it. It’s a fight scene between Broughton and two unnamed attackers, with a slowed down cover of “Blue Monday” playing under it. The rest of it is less somber, with a handful of jokes sprinkled throughout the action and Queen’s “Killer Queen” playing out throughout the whole affair.
It’s not necessarily bad, nor does it make the movie look bad, but I just found the slightly discordant tones interesting. I’ve heard some people compare this to John Wick (which Leitch co-directed), but from the general tone of the film and the fact that the character works for MI6, Theron’s character makes me think more of James Bond. Then again, I also haven’t seen John Wick, so I don’t really have that frame of reference.
At any rate, the movie looks quite interesting, and you can always sign me up for Charlize Theron being badass.
This film also premiered at SXSW this week, on March 12, and is to be released into theaters on July 28.