Baby Driver (2017)
Running Time: 113 minutes
Directed & Written By: Edgar Wright
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx
Baby Driver is a crime thriller centered around a talented young getaway driver, Baby (Elgort) who relies on his own carefully curated playlist to get through his day-to-day life. He then meets the girl of his dreams, Debora (James) and decides it is time to make a clean break from his dangerous life. However, coerced by Doc (Spacey), Baby must find his way out of a situation that threatens his life and the lives of those he loves.
The fast paced of the film and soundtrack begins from the very first scene to the very end. The slick transition between scenes as accompanied by the evidently, carefully selected list of songs as one of the main characters in the film as well as a way to tell the story was nothing short of a showcase of how great of a storyteller Edgar Wright truly is. Wright had been honing his knack to tell a gripping and humorous story since the days of his Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy with fellow Brits, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Granted, there were moments in the storyline which felt a little lackluster and missing, specifically the character development of Doc and the love story between Baby and Debora felt a little cliche and somewhat forced at moments.
However, I would like to commend Wright for making the decision to film the car scenes practically instead of relying heavily on green screen. The car chase scenes were shot in a way that the audiences would not be able to miss the sense of urgency the characters felt and the speed at which the cars were going. Furthermore, the cast was well put together with Jon Hamm (aka Buddy) stealing almost every scene he was in to Elgort’s almost deadpan delivery as the reserved getaway driver, desperate to leave behind his life of crime.
Overall, it made sense why Baby Driver became one of the most talked about films this year, thus far. It is such a feast cinematically that you would overlook the minor issues, especially after a grand finale. I would highly recommend this to fans of Edgar Wright films, and Jon Hamm’s, as well as fans of car chase films and heist thrillers.
Rating: 8 out of 10