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Think of this as a solar system with a young (hopefully upcoming) star being orbited by an ensemble of heavyweights. Elgort is not required to do much real acting while Hamm, Foxx, Bernthal, and Spacey, provide all the fireworks. The strength of the orbiting personalities seemed to make it work for all ages of audience.
Elgort was forced into servitude by Spacey when he was caught stealing Spacey's car. Because of his tinnitus, he constantly listens to music while this raises much concern about his abilities and sanity. (The soundtrack plays strong second fiddle to the action.) Elgort is about to finally work off his "debt" when he meets Lily James. Sparks fly and they want to be together but Spacey has other plans.
The film starts off with a few guiltless crimes but quickly changes tone just before half-time. Now, brutality is introduced via Foxx and Hamm leading to poor Baby running for his life.
I thought I wasn't going to like this but it won me over after halfway. Foxx and Hamm become serious psychos and Spacey does what he can to extricate him from a deadly situation.
For popcorn's sake, this is worth a visit to the cold, dark silver screen. Entertaining, surprisingly moralistic with lots of car smashing and bullets flying. Uncurly your powdered wigs and live a little.
As this director has done before, movie genres are indeed mashed up.
What I thought was very clever was the beginning where a bank heist and a Fast and Furious car chase were choreographed to Jon Spencer's Blues Explosion and then the next heist was choreographed to the Damned. They did a great job of this, turning everything into a sort of musical and the kid also dances his way to get coffee. The conceit is that he's always listening to something, so the world moves to what he hears in his earbuds.
After this clever idea, which fully drew me in, the movie morphs into a Tarantino type bloodbath. Jamie Foxx, in particular, eats the scenery as the baddest mofo ever, whose every normal daily transaction is either armed robbery or murder. It's all pretty silly as the body count mounts up and the overburdened plot points all have to be addressed (tape of mom, deaf foster father, love interest, etc.). But it's a fun ride and there is a lot of good music all through.
...excellent film, terrific music and a lot of fun.
and Jon Hamm did a good job too. Spacey could do this role standing on his head. Lily James is a darling...
I meant Jamie Foxx as a jerk
Strange title. Local newspaper runs syndicated reviews in Friday's edition. The reviewer gave it 4 stars.
I think that's where he got it!
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