SXSW Buzz: What People Are Saying About 'Baby Driver,' 'Atomic Blonde,' Song to Song' and 'The Disaster Artist'

SXSW Buzz: What People Are Saying About 'Baby Driver,' 'Atomic Blonde,' Song to Song' and 'The Disaster Artist'

Mar 13, 2017

The first weekend of the 2017 SXSW Film Festival is over, and it's been an exciting few days filled with many great movies, including the world premieres of Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, David Leitch's Atomic Blonde, Terrence Malick's Song to Song and a work-in-progress cut of James Franco's The Disaster Artist. We've rounded up some of the buzz, including our own reactions, on these big movies below. 

 

Baby Driver

What it is:

Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) pays homage to '90s heist movies with a story of a getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey) and his team of robbers (among them Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm) until he falls in love with a waitress (Lily James) and tries to go straight. Opens on August 11.

 

What people are saying:

 

 

 

What people are writing:

"There has never been a movie that feels quite like Baby Driver: a violent action movie with the soul of a musical, a car chase extravaganza whose hero extols the virtues of being decent, and a loving homage to a genre that feels happy to coexist with its peers rather than mock them. This movie is a miracle." - Jacob Hall, /Film

"Nothing can prepare you for the 112-minute adrenaline rush that is Baby Driver, a heist extravaganza that plays out like blasting your coolest friend’s record collection in your car at 100 mph on the Atlanta freeway while cops close in on all sides — essentially what happens in the movie again and again, to always-riveting effect." - Jada Yuan, Vulture

"The technical feat alone of meticulously coordinating each squealing tire, fired weapon, and romantic clinch with a wide array of musical genres makes Baby Driver worth checking out." - Joanna Robinson, Vanity Fair

 

Atomic Blonde

What it is:

Charlize Theron stars in this action movie from former stuntman David Leitch, who co-directed John Wick. She plays an undercover MI6 agent in Berlin during the Cold War, partnering up with James McAvoy as the local station chief. They're joined by a character-actor-studded cast including John Goodman, Sofia Boutella, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan. Opens on July 28.

 

What people are saying:

 

What people are writing:

"Atomic Blonde barrels forward in fits and starts, but it works best in pure B-movie mode, revising the action hero mold from a feminist perspective without overstating it." - Eric Kohn, IndieWire

"Theron is so good in it, and some of the fight scenes sing, but an action movie needs focus and energy, and Atomic Blonde is utterly bereft of both." - Meredith Borders, Birth.Movies.Death

"The story’s erratic ups and downs would be more of a negative if the dazzling action scenes didn’t make every leap in logic feel worth it...it was clear to the SXSW audience Sunday night that they were really watching the birth of a new and original pop-culture icon." - Joanna Robinson, Vanity Fair

 

Song to Song

What it is:

From Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life) comes an ensemble film centered around the Austin music scene. The main characters in focus are two couples -- songwriters played by Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara; a waitress and music mogul played by Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender -- but music icons, including Iggy Pop and Patti Smith, also appear. Opens on March 17. 

 

What people are saying:

 

What people are writing:

"The whole movie is aimless and repetitive, which may be appropriate for a movie about lost people living aimless and repetitive lives, but it does make for an experience that must be endured rather than embraced." - Jacob Hall, /Film

"I wouldn’t go so far as to call this a “normal” movie, but audiences alienated by Malick’s recent style will find this a bit more palatable. Plus Patti Smith actually has a few scenes of dialogue, and she’s magnificent." - Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian

"It pains me to say it, but Malick might want to consider another lengthy hiatus." - Peter Debruge, Variety

 

The Disaster Artist

What it is:

The latest collaboration between James Franco and Seth Rogen is directed by Franco, who also plays famous bad filmmaker Tommy Wiseau in a depiction of the making of his cult classic The Room. Fraco is joined by an ensemble including his brother Dave, Rogen, Sharon Stone, Zooey Deutch, Alison Brie, Melanie Griffith and even Wiseau himself. 

 

What people are saying:

 

What people are writing:

"Somehow, James Franco and Seth Rogen's film-about-the-film is even funnier than its source...The Disaster Artist will easily rank among the duo's best work." - Jon Hendrickson, Esquire

"Whether or not audiences have previously seen “The Room,” there’s satisfaction simply in witnessing such actors parody the process that went into making it." - Peter Debruge, Variety

"The Disaster Artist is as much of a midnight movie as The Room itself. Except Franco’s film is not 'so bad it’s good,' it’s just sometimes good, sometimes bad, and it has to be held accountable for the heavily misguided way it approaches its central story." - Fernando Andres, Film School Rejects

 

 

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