We Watched Ansel Elgort Become a Baddie in 'Baby Driver'
When we heard the news that Augustus Waters—JK, we mean Ansel Elgort—was going to be in a heist movie with Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzalez, and Lily James we couldn't contain our excitement. It feels weird imagining Ansel in this type of film—although he already did some action for the Divergent series.
How we saw Ansel before Baby Driver. He he he.
But when we finally got to see him play Baby (B-A-B-Y, Baby) in Baby Driver, we concluded that Ansel is on his way to making a name for himself as one of this generation's most versatile actors. EVER!
Written and directed by Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Shaun of the Dead), Baby Driver tells the story of Baby, a talented driver who works for thieves and how music plays a big role in his life. However, when Bats (Jamie Foxx) threatens his and his loved ones' lives, Baby decides to fight back and fight for them which endangers the world he tried his best to protect.
- That killer opening scene.
ICYMI, Columbia Pictures uploaded the heart-stopping opening scene of Baby Driver on YouTube already. It pretty much sums up what the entire movie is all about—Baby's genius driving skillz and his big heart for great music.
- The equally killer soundtrack.
Who doesn't love great music anyway? This movie is fueled by its amazing soundtrack, which made it even more kickass than it already is.
After watching Baby Driver, we found ourselves singing and dancing to Carla Thomas' "B-A-B-Y," rocking out to The John Spencer Blues Explosion's "Bellbottoms," shaking to Button Down Brass' "Tequila," and getting sentimental over Commodores' "Easy." Ugh, we could play all the songs in the movie over and over and over and over again!
- The thrill you get from watching the movie.
If you love some good adrenaline rush, then this is the movie for you. The soundtrack + the heart-stopping scenes + the twists and turns (literally!) will leave you asking for more. Even after the movie's already ended.
Buuut, if you're not a big fan of bank robbery and/or car chase movies, there's still something in here for you. Baby Driver will make you LOL, fall in love, and get teary-eyed, too.
- Ansel dancing and moving to the beat.
ICYDK, Ansel studied performing arts at the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. During his stay there, he sang and danced in musicals—which is why we weren't surprised when he showed off some of his moves in Baby Driver.
- And, finally, Ansel turning into a baddie.
If you think he can only play teenage roles, then you have to watch this! He not only nailed his performance as the quiet, mysterious, fun, and tough Baby, Ansel also showed us he can be a total baddie! To say that we were SHOOKT is an understatement. That vision of him behind the steering wheel and holding a gun to save his loved ones' lives will give you life. We can easily say that this role was meant for him and him alone!
SHOULD YOU WATCH IT?
You better, Ansel says. LOL!
Not only will you find yourself loving action-slash-heist films after watching this (TBH, I watched The Italian Job again after watching this, LOL!), but Baby Driver will also awaken the old soul in you with its soundtrack and beautifully-shot scenes. Plus, you'll find yourself wanting to kick ass after finishing the movie just like Baby and Deborah—all for a good cause, of course.
Baby Driver is set to hit theaters and cinemas nationwide on August 2 with whole-day sneak previews on July 24 and 25 in select cinemas nationwide.
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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song
By: CJ Reyno
Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?
Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.
You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.
As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”
I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend
Here's a fan art that I made for Lee Joo Young of Itaewon class! I've been making digital illustration since last year and I'm happy that I was able to see my improvements. I'm also happy to see people's reactions and support for my craft even though all of it are made through my phone (adobe illustrator) only ????. You don't actually have to use expensive or complicated medium as long as you know how to be creative and like what you're doing, then you can do it. ????