“Baby Driver”-Review

After being coerced into working for a prolific crime boss, a young getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort), finds himself participating in a heist doomed to fail. 

Baby Driver was flying a bit under the radar for me when the year started. It’s an Edgar Wright film, so I was interested just based off that. When I saw the first trailer I was completely sold. The trailers play like mini movies, and the use of music keeps you hooked throughout. Plus the ensemble cast is just fantastic. Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey all have fun moments in the trailer. Hopefully the film lives up to my high expectations and anticipation. They did a great job selling me on it. 

Baby Driver has to be in the discussion for best movie of 2017. Edgar Wright did a great job behind the camera for this film. It’s so stylish right from the beginning. You can tell straight away that this is an Edgar Wright film. From the visual flare, to the witty dialogue and compelling story, Baby Driver is a joy ride from beginning to end. At some points I couldn’t believe what I was watching. These car chases are incredibly shot. So much is happening on screen, and you never feel out of the moment, you’re right there in the car with Baby. It’s a testament to Edgar Wright’s brilliant work directing this film. 

The use of the music became a living breathing character. Each song plays into each scene, and it enhances the moment. The screeching of the car plays right into the beat of the song, as does the various gunshots you’ll hear. It’s so seamless. How Wright wove the music into each scene was a feat in itself. 

He weaves multiple genres into this film. You have a dramatic story with some family elements, a love story, and a beaut film. In the love story you have Lily James, who as usual delivers a wonderful performance. She and Elgort have chemistry that flys off the screen. If that relationship doesn’t work, the movie doesn’t. It definitely hit for me. 

Now for the performances, everyone in this film delivered at a high level. Ansel Elgort cemented himself as a megastar in Hollywood after this film. He’s the heart and the soul of it, and I bought him in each scene. You look at Elgort and you probably say to yourself, “can he pull off being a badass in a movie like this?” The answer is unequivocally yes. Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx are fantastic as well. They are off to the side for most of the film, because it’s mostly Baby’s story. When you learn more about them you do care for them. Kevin Spacey also delivers another gem in his career. He puts the pieces in place for the various heists. You see that him and Baby have a bond that kind of goes beyond the crime boss, criminal relationship. It’s subtle but you see it for sure. 

All in all I enjoyed Baby Driver. Between the action, and the love story with Baby and Debora (Lily James) Edgar Wright delivers on all fronts. This maybe the best film of the year. The rest of 2017 has a lot to live up too. 

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