Baby Driver is the latest film from Edgar Wright, and stars Ansel Elgort in the main role, along with Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx. The film follows Baby (Elgort), a young and incredibly talented getaway driver who works for Doc (Spacey), a crime boss that organizes many heists for different criminal teams, and Baby is his driver of choice. Being an Edgar Wright movie, one does normally assume that it will be set in England, and would include actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and to be a zany laugh-out- loud comedy in the vein of Wright’s first hit, Shaun of The Dead. Oh, how wrong that assumption is. Baby Driver is Wright’s most unique movie in every way, whilst at the same time remaining a one hundred percent Edgar Wright film. Having a great appreciation for Wright’s past work, I was tremendously excited at the whole idea around this movie and the fact that it was being made by such a talented director, and despite all the hype and good reviews pouring in from around the world, I went into this pretty blind. I avoided all the reviews I could, I didn’t look into anything about the plot, and that’s how I’m going to keep it for this review.
From the very first scene, I was hooked into this film. It has easily one of the most engaging and entertaining opening scenes there is in the genre of these films, namely the car chase/heist genre.
To speak about the cast, I literally have nothing bad to say. Ansel Elgort proves here that he’s not just a teen novel adaptation actor, but that he’s actually got some chops. I won’t go as far to say that he’s incredible in his role, but he’s convincing. I never thought that he looked out of place in his role, and he held up against a heavyweight like Spacey. I have to give a particular mention to Jamie Foxx in the role of Bats, a criminal who does a job with Baby. I thought he was brilliant and had some of the best dialogue in the entire film. But there’s a character in this film which isn’t credited along with the rest, and to me it’s one of the best things about the movie; the soundtrack.
If you thought that Guardians of The Galaxy had a good soundtrack, think again. Each song in this movie plays an integral role, and each is edited in with the action flawlessly. The film as a whole is flawlessly edited, but I was most impressed with how the soundtrack was incorporated. Examples being a character’s hands moving the beat of a song, or even gun shots following the drum beat. As a (casual) musician and music lover, I was blown away by this aspect of the film. Some reviewers have gone as far to say that Baby Driver is a pseudo-musical, and they are absolutely right. The whole vibe of the movie is very much like a musical, with a somewhat campy charm mixed in with its grittiness.
Being a movie about a getaway driver, we can’t forget about the action sequences, and honestly, there are some of the best car chase moments ever present in this film. As I said before, the opening scene is one of the most entertaining in films today, and it’s all done edited to the beat of Bellbottoms, by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. The film also finds a great balance between the action and character development, due to the fact that it is not a film where its non-stop action from start to finish. It takes its time to get you to care about characters, mainly Baby as he is the main protagonist. And here is my singular problem with this movie. I felt that some relationships in the movie could have been explored more, but also despite saying that, the way the relationships did unfold was very much in the way they do in musicals, so I could forgive it for that.
With Baby Driver, Edgar Wright has crafted a tremendously entertaining film. This is one of the best films of the year so far, and definitely the most unique in its genre ever, you will not find another car chase movie out there like this.The perfect balance between action, charm, great music and good acting is well worth your time and money. Personally, this is my new favourite Edgar Wright movie, it has overtaken Hot Fuzz and left it in its dust. I defy anyone to go see this film and not be entertained.
Expertly crafted, fast-paced, and at times hilarious, Baby Driver is the movie of the summer so far.
The Yuppie’s Verdict: 10/10
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