Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ed Sheeran, Joel Fry, Kate McKinnon, Sophia Di Martino, Ellise Chappell, Harry Michell, Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar
Does great art transcend time and space or does it require context? Is its greatness dependent on the its ability to speak to a particular audience at a particular moment in history, and what part does the personality of its creator play? These are the questions director Danny Boyle and writers Richard Curtis and Jack Barth are wrestling with in Yesterday. Except they are not wrestling at all. Rather, Yesterday adamantly proposes that such is the inherent brilliance of the Beatles’ music that if their songs were to appear fully formed in a contemporary world in which the Fab Four had never existed, they would still become an instant sensation. Continue reading
Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Jamie Foxx
While the beloved ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End has cemented writer-director Edgar Wright’s reputation in the British film industry, his footing across the Atlantic has been slightly less solid. His first American film, Scott Pilgrim vs the World struggled to find its market despite being a lot of fun, and then there was the saga of Ant-Man which ultimately saw him walk away from the Marvel project. However Wright’s latest film, the genre bending action, heist, music video Baby Driver, could just be the film to establish him as a Hollywood director.
Nobody drives like Baby (Ansel Elgort). He’s fast. He’s creative. Baby drives to music. In fact, he lives his whole life to music. Continue reading