Talented getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After meeting the woman (Lily James) of his dreams, he sees a chance to ditch his shady lifestyle and make a clean break. Coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), Baby must face the music as a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
Baby Driver is the latest film from acclaimed director Edgar Wright. As someone who loves his films, I was pretty excited to see this. Especially when considering the stellar cast and musical backdrop. While at its core Baby Driver is an action film it almost doubles as a musical considering how much of it is driven by music. A lot of the talk about this film will be as much about the soundtrack as the film itself. (Which is great by the way)
The plot is as simple as they come: A young getaway driver is working for criminals to repay a debt. After he meets the love of his life he seeks freedom and a final heist threatens his love and his path to that very freedom. What elevates this film above the story is the incredible style that Baby Driver just oozes from the start. Baby Driver is fast moving masterpiece and a stylistic blast from start to finish.
Some of the best chase scenes ever recorded are present in Baby Driver and that is where the film seems to shine the most. I would also point out how in tune with the music that Ansel Elgort is in this movie. He is clearly having a blast and it shows from start to finish. He’s never over the top and always just the right amount of charisma. While the entire cast is great the other standouts for me are Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx. Spacey is the boss of the operation in the film and he acts like it by commanding every scene he is in. Jamie Foxx is completely menacing and plays his crazy bad guy role to just the right tune.
As for flaws the one that I could find was that the romance that is set up between Baby and Debora seems a bit rushed. Some of the decisions that she makes also are somewhat outrageous but she does state “that there isn’t much keeping her here anymore” maybe to justify some of the decisions she makes later on. Although it is rushed I bought the two together as they bonded over their mutual love of music. And you can’t help but dig the Bonnie and Clyde vibe they start to give off.(Cough this is a good date night movie cough)
While all of the cast is great, the real star here is Edgar Wright. The editing in Baby Driver is enough to rival his best films like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. He is clearly at the top of his game as one of the best directors working today. You can tell the influence of Tarantino in this movie and fused with Wright’s undeniably awesome style and directorial prowess Baby Driver can’t help but succeed.
**Also a quick thanks to Gateway Film Center for having me out to see this! It was a blast as always!!