Release Date: June 28, 2017
Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Fox, and Eiza González
Story: 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.
Ever since Sony released the first trailer a few months ago, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver has been one of my most anticipated films of the year. Not only is the movie directed by one of the most talented guys in Hollywood but also boasts a notably impressive cast and a mighty fine soundtrack, so you can probably guess how excited I was to get into an early screening of the movie. It was pretty damn great!
First things first, Let’s talk about Edgar Wright. With movies like Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, Edgar Wright has proven himself to be one of the most unique directors currently working in Hollywood and with Baby Driver, Wright has possibly created his most stylish and impressive movie to date. This is an expertly crafted film, which displays Wright’s ability to create unique, funny, and thrilling adventures within any cinematic genre he chooses. Baby Driver is a step away from Wright’s usual style and is a daring experiment for the director but thankfully that experiment is a gigantic success because just like all of Wright’s previous movies, Baby Driver is an extremely exhilarating and charming piece of cinema that has solidified Edgar Wright as one of the most original and imaginative directors in Hollywood. I really doubt you’ll be able to find a movie anything like this one anytime soon.
What truly makes Baby Driver stand out as a great summer movie is Wright’s particular style. This film finds its unique identity within incredible cinematography, great music sequences and more than a few adrenaline-filled chase scenes. Baby Driver really is one of the most unique and stylish movies I’ve seen in a long time and most of that style comes from the damn near perfect soundtrack. Unlike so many movies before it, Baby Driver uses music only to enhance the cinematic experience and it’s truly incredible to see how Baby Driver utilises music in each of the major chase sequences, as well as the smaller intimate moments. Edgar Wright has found the perfect balance of genius filmmaking and a beautifully constructed soundtrack, one that I’m sure will steal the summer and consume the majority of my phone battery. Trust me when I tell you to download this soundtrack as soon as possible.
Other than Wright’s directing, the real strength of Baby Driver is the incredible cast and wide selection of original characters. Ansel Elgort’s Baby could easily have become an unrelatable and unlikable criminal but thanks to a scene-stealing performance, it’s hard not to fall in love with this music inspired getaway driver. As for the supporting cast, Wright couldn’t have selected a better ensemble. Kevin Spacey’s Doc is the perfect amount of scary, mixed with a few surprisingly charming moments and some of the best one-liners in recent history. Lily James’ Deborah is the perfect match for Baby, with a captivating portrayal of a woman who just wants to escape. Jon Hamm and Eiza González portray the “Bonnie & Clyde” criminal couple to perfection. Her crazy matches his calm and without spoiling, Hamm delivers a career best performance in the final act of the film. As for the comic relief, Jamie Foxx deals out a truly crazy performance as Bats, you never know what this guy might do and that makes for some incredibly frightening and stressful scenes.
I would absolutely love to say that Baby Driver is the perfect movie, but I’m a big fan of the idea that no film will ever reach perfection and unfortunately, I do have one particular issue with this movie. The relationship between Baby and Deborah is slightly underdeveloped. We get various scenes to build this romance but the narrative is so fast paced and exhilarating, that we never really get a chance to fully believe in this connection. While the film attempts to create a romance worth caring about, we are unable to fully care and I actually think that this could have been fixed if we were given more backstory for Deborah. We understand why Baby loves this girl, she represents everything he wants his life to be, but we never find out why Deborah is so in love with Baby and with a better insight into this character, the romance between Baby and Deborah could have been something great.
Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver brings together one of the world’s greatest directors, an all-star cast, exhilarating chase sequences, and a killer soundtrack to create one of the most stylish and original movies in years. This is a truly exciting and awe-inspiring piece of cinema and in typical Edgar Wright fashion, the film introduces a handful of unique characters and I’m sure fans will be more than pleased with Wright’s latest offering, even if the primary relationship is moderately underdeveloped.