Film Review: Baby Driver

It’s the unofficial Transporter prequel from writer director Edgar Wright. He brought us the comedic British “Cornetto Trilogy” and Scott Pilgrim vs The World, to name a few, but his latest movie pushes the pedal to the metal in a whole new direction. With a stellar cast, thrilling chase scenes and originality to boot, nobodies putting this Baby in the corner.

Baby D and Crew 2

Baby (Ansel Elgort) is just trying to live his best possible life. He’s young, has a spring in his step, and has a play list for pretty much every situation in life. Unfortunately Baby’s spring is kept tightly coiled by crime boss Doc (Kevin Spacey) who forces Baby to shut up and drive, until his long time debt is paid.

In order to drown out the constant ringing in his ear from tinnitus caused by a car accident when he was a child, Baby is never without headphones. When he meets Debora (Lily James), he is immediately enthralled. They connect over their love of music, and fantasies to be gone in sixty seconds, out on to the open road never looking back.

As a driver Baby’s skills are infamous, and though he may be involved against his will, crime is crime and crime means criminals. For a robbery on a Post Office, Doc rolls in a few of the usual suspects; loved up Bonnie and Clyde duo, Buddy (Jon Hamm) and Darling (Eiza González) as well as trigger happy Bats (Jamie Foxx) who seems to be in it for the rush.

As fast and furious as he may be, Baby is about to find out that there’s only so far you can drive until you reach the end of the road.

BABY DRIVER, FROM LEFT, ANSEL ELGORT, JAMIE FOXX, EIZA GONZALEZ, JON HAMM, 2017. PH: WILSON WEBB.

I didn’t realise Ansel Elgort was already quite a well known actor (The Divergent series, and The Fault in Our Stars) until doing my post-watch research, so I guess I can’t comment about what a good actor he was in his first major role. Awks.

No lie, I actually really enjoyed this movie. I’m not as hyped as a lot of people are but I would definitely recommend it as something to see and here are the three reasons why.

A lot happened in this movie, it was chocked full of twists and turns and on more than one occasion I thought it was rounding up, only to find there was still more to go. The running time is approximately 113 minutes, and each one was used smartly in helping to further the story and develop characters – I’ve watched countless movies that pass the two hour mark and don’t have content with half as much quality, so kudos.

I may not be drooling over the soundtrack but the use of sound – a highly over looked aspect of filmmaking by the audience and some filmmakers alike – was top notch. The little touches like the ringing sound whenever Baby didn’t have headphones in, to the way watching Baby enjoy his tunes, made you subconsciously start to bop your head, tap your foot or move along. Also his multiple iPod thing was a nice quirk.

Lastly, I appreciate that the movie had an ending. Stay with me here, but when was the last time you saw a movie that didn’t blatantly wrap up with a thinly veiled hint of a sequel? That didn’t leave clues throughout to somehow connect it to its cinematic universe? It was nice to walk out of the cinema without my mind whirring in speculation of where the story would go from there. I’m not saying there shouldn’t be a second movie, I just like that Baby Driver was a tale with a beginning, a middle and an end.

Baby D and Lilly J

I know I have been pretty nice the entire way though this review, but don’t worry there were one or two things that did annoy me; like Debora’s lack of character, and why on earth Doc allowed Bats to remain part of the team. Sadly I can’t give too much detail without possibly ruining one or two things so we’ll just leave it there.

Random Side note: When I saw Ansel Elgort I thought of Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) who would have made a good Baby. It turns out that both of them will be starring in Billionaire Boys Club, with Kevin Spacey later this year.

Fun.

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