Don’t let the somewhat questionable possibly horrible title of the film fool you. Baby Driver is an amazing flick. Edgar Wright, responsible for a lot of great films including one of my favorite movies of all time…Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, brings us an enjoyable ride for almost 2 hours. Right at the start of the movie you are sucked in with the eye-catching moves and charisma of Ansel Elgort, who plays Baby, and Edgar’s great direction with using the environment and surroundings to make one of the most entertaining openings sequences I can remember. I knew right then that this movie is going to be fun to watch.
Each star shined in their own way but Ansel Elgort definitely impressed me with his confidence and ways to just grab your attention. He comes off a bit quirky and dorky but in an enduring way. You can’t really take your eyes off of him because he is enjoyable to watch. You root for him right away and feel for his situation he is being put in. Baby is a young adult who is in debt to a man named Doc, played by Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) and pays off his debt by being the driver to a group of robbers who hit locations for money. Baby has some great skill driving any car honestly since developing this skill as a child. Another reason why I love they picked Elgort for the role, he looks innocent but really the man is not to be messed with.
Along for the car chases and thieving is Jon Hamm, Eiza González, Jon Bernthal, and Jaime Foxx as the skillful and committed bank robbers who are just as wacky as Baby but for different reasons. They were all entertaining to watch and given great characters to portray on the screen. Each of them shine in their own way and even though considered partial villains of the film you still feel for them and sort of root for the bad guy in a way. Jamie Foxx plays a bigger role than I expected to see in this movie and Foxx makes sure he is seen every chance he gets.
Lily James is a great addition to the cast as the lovable Debora. A dreamer who waitresses at a diner. She isn’t too happy with her current status in her life but she tackles each day with such a positive outlook and with a beautiful smile that would lift anyone’s day in her presence. She might be known for her “Downton Abbey” role but she also played in the latest live action version of Cinderella. I never saw that film but after finding out she plays the Disney princess, I am more interested in checking that film out now.
“Baby Driver is the “Guardians of The Galaxy” of the open road.”
Another highlight of this movie is each calculated move throughout the film. In my opinion, each character played a part in the progression of the film, no matter the size of the role and the screen time. Whether it was for comedic purposes or to create the conflict each character was needed to either excel the story or to enhance more detail and backstory to our lead characters. Wright, who also wrote the film, did a spectacular job in creating smart characters. It could be because I was into it so much but I believe these characters for the most part made smart choices.
Continuing the highlights of the movie is the music. Baby Driver is the “Guardians of the Galaxy” of the open road. Anyone who is a music buff will appreciate the soundtrack and how it’s used in the film. In the same visual way as GotG, the music of the film is pretty much a character in itself when the movie is being played. Baby needs the music to get into the zone when driving as well as a very deep and personal use for playing music in his ears all the time, the music just increases the joy you get when watching it. From the opening dance sequence and the old school choices of artist that various from all genres is what makes the soundtrack similar with the other. Which is another reason why the movie is so good. Even down to the title of the movie, which is not liked by some folks, has a reason for it. The title is also the title of a song by Simon and Garfunkel which in a way represents Baby.
If you couldn’t tell by now, I am giving full approval of this movie. I highly recommend the movie for is clever and attention-grabbing writing, well thought out characters, and edge of your seat action sequences and car chases. I would say this is worth seeing on the big screen but wouldn’t be the end of the world watching it from home. This movie is definitely a movie for men. I can see guys really gravitating to this movie and enjoy it for its content. I don’t have too much of any positive criticism about it except for the fact that there were a couple of scenes that clearly showed some heavy privilege with Elgort’s character Baby. Particularly in one scene where he flat out steals several articles of clothing in the open, not even discreetly, to avoid being recognize, and NO ONE did or said anything about it. I call shenanigans on that one. People of Color would be watched like a hawk on site once they walked into the room. Other than that, great feature to watch. Check out this movie and enjoy the thrill ride.
5 out of 5
I hope this review help give you some insight as to what to expect. Watch the film and let me know what you thought of it in the comment section. Whether you liked it or not, I want to hear from all of you. What did you think of the film?