Acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro really wants moviegoers to see Baby Driver after praising the new movie and its director, Edgar Wright, on Twitter. Serving as the fifth feature length endeavor for the English director, the new action-comedy starring Ansel Elgort has already made $2.1 million in preview night ticket sales as of this past Tuesday, and his headed into its first weekend in wide release.
Despite the fact that Wright's latest effort is expected to lose out to fellow newcomer and returning franchise heavyweight Despicable Me 3 at the Independence Day holiday box office -- not to mention the potential competition coming in the form of the studio comedy The House starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler -- Baby Driver might yet prove to be a surprise sleeper hit. With the added presence of Hollywood A-listers like Jon Hamm and Jon Bernthal, Wright's much anticipated followup to his beloved Cornetto Trilogy (which concluded following the release of The World's End in 2013) might be perceived as a must-see summer release -- and fellow auteur Guillermo del Toro would agree.
Taking to his personal Twitter account, del Toro published a 13-post stream of commentary about Baby Driver, in which he likened the movie to An American in Paris, The Driver, and Mean Streets, while calling additional attention to Wright's unparalleled prowess behind the camera. Likening the film to a fable that comes complete "with its very own Disney prince and princess," del Toro urged his 655,000 followers to see the movie on the big screen. Check out the original Twitter thread below:
I hope & pray you go and see it on a big screen. I wish you all the joy I felt: I just saw a good pal get the gold. By God- go check it out
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 27, 2017
Ahead of the theatrical release of Baby Driver, Wright was forthright in regards to the five films that most inspired him to pen his latest original script -- namely Heat, The Driver, Reservoir Dogs, Point Break, and The Blues Brothers -- and based on del Toro's response alone Wright's influences served him well. The new movie is already picking up steam as it continues to ride a wave of resoundingly positive critical praise, and with any luck will perform well enough at the weekend box office against the likes of its immediate competition.
Following Wright's less than congenial separation with Marvel Studios in the making of Ant-Man -- a movie that Wright claims he still hasn't seen following his departure from the production -- Baby Driver should be the return to form that fans of the Cornetto Trilogy co-creator have been clamoring for. Only time will tell whether or not Wright's latest will be able to hold its own over the course of Independence Day weekend, but with the added help of a positive review from fellow filmmaker Guillermo del Toro perhaps his new movie will be the resounding success that his fans are no doubt hoping for.
Baby Driver is currently in theaters.
Source: Guillermo del Toro