Edgar Wright is back and with a distinctly different flavour with this comedy heist thriller Baby Driver. Starring Ansel Elgort as the young getaway driver, all he wants to do is listen to music and drive away west with his girlfriend Debora (Lily James), but he has to pack back his due to crime boss Doc (Kevin Spacey) and deal with some crazy criminals (Jamie Foxx, Josh Hamm, Eiza González). With an infectious diegetic soundtrack, great performances, and smart script, Baby Driver is a welcome return to cinema for Wright, who has given us the summer film we all deserve.
We mention True Romance is this podcast. Check out our review of that film here.
Written, directed and starring Alice Lowe, while she herself was pregnant, Prevenge is a dark comedy about the taboo subject of prepartum psychosis. Lowe stars as Ruth, whose grieving the death of her partner, and whose unborn daughter is telling her to murder from within the womb. With savage dry wit and an excellent cast, Prevenge is a masterclass in speedy film-making and black humour.
We mention House of Fools in this podcast. You can read Layla's review of season two here.
The official Dark Universe is go with The Mummy, however... its a bit of a non-starter. Tom Cruise stars as Nick Morton, an opportunistic treasure hunter who comes across the grave of long lost Ancient Egyptian princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), who takes it upon herself to bring evil upon the world on her awakening. Also starring Russell Crowe as Dr Jekyll, this franchise based on the classic Universal monsters fails to bring the hype, and also fails to recognise what made those original monsters endearing in the first place. Richee and Layla dissect The Mummy in this episode, and we go into spoilers after the music.
Listen to our review of the original 1932 version of the movie here.
Read Layla's initial trailer speculation post here.
We also mention Train to Busan in this podcast too. Check out our review here.
Amazingly, DC have pulled it out of the bag when it comes to their cinematic universe, with Patty Jenkin's Wonder Woman actually being a pretty good film. While it does play it safe, it is a refreshingly focused film, especially in a franchise that has become known for its rushed pacing. Gal Gadot stars as our titular hero, a naive Amazonian warrior who traverses the landscape of World War I and learns that the humans evil may not be as black and white as she thought. A refreshingly succinct cinematic outing, we discuss the themes and motifs in Wonder Woman, and question how she'll fit into future DC movies.