Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sean Kelly

TIFF 2014: Bang Bang Baby

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A small town girl strives for a career in the music business in the 1960s-set musical Bang Bang Baby.  Stepphy (Jane Levy) is an aspiring singer, who spends her time taking care of her alcoholic father George (Peter Stormare) and fending off the advances of Fabian (David Reale), the creepy owner the Purple Mist Chemical Plant.  One day, Stepphy’s dreams seemingly come true when her idol Bobby Shore (Justin Chatwin) arrives into town looking for car service.  However, strange things begins to happen when there is a sudden leak at the Purple Mist Plant.

Set in early 1964, Bang Bang Baby is a pretty enjoyable film, which combines small town musicals with a bit of a science fiction twist. The music in the film is quite catchy, with slightly humorous lyrics that stick in your head after the film has finished.  The big show-stopping number of the film is the title song, which features a full choreographed dance sequence.  Another standout song is one sung by Fabian, which would seem right at home in something like the Rocky Horror Picture Show.  The plot of the film also pokes a little fun at its Canadian setting, which includes the outrageous main course Steppy’s father serves at dinner.

Best known for her role on TV’s Suburgatory, as well as last year’s Evil Dead remake, Jane Levy shines in the lead role of Stepphy, who perfectly embodies the role of a small town girl.  Justin Chatwin (Shameless) puts on his best faux Elvis as the somewhat arrogant teen heartthrob Bobby Shore.  Also keep an eye out in the film for a cameo by Canadian comedian Seán Cullen.  All together, Bang Bang Baby is a quirky, weird, and pretty enjoyable sci-fi tinged 1960s musical.

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Screenings:

  • Friday, September 12, 6:00pm – Scotiabank Theatre 4

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).