Baby Driver is the newest film from director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot fuzz) and tells the story of Baby, a young getaway driver who has an incredible music obsession, is mildly deaf, and is forced to work for a crime boss after owing him a debt. When Baby looks to get out of the business, the life of crime becomes more chaotic than he could ever imagine.
The film begins right in the middle of a heist. The crew, made up of Baby (Ansel Elgort), Griff (Jon Bernthal), Buddy (Jon Hamm), and Darling (Eliza Gonzalez), attempt to rob a local bank. The action of these heist scenes is simply amazing. Notably having some of the best car chases I have ever seen on screen. The stunts and trickery that Baby provides in order to escape the army of police, is so much fun to watch, and so well edited. The chases are a little far-fetched, and a little insane at times, but that’s to be expected. I mean, would you prefer it any other way?
The element of music in Baby Driver is…fun! While the various action scenes are going on, the music adds its own element to the film. The first half of the film is very fast paced as it sets up the life of crime that Baby wants to get away from, and what is to happen later in the film. Without the imaginative us of music, it wouldn’t have been the same. We can all say, that without music in a film, a film in of itself would be incredibly lacking. However, Wright’s use of music to emphasize the tone and or mood of a certain scene, is masterful. There is an element of Tarantino-ish use of music. There’s a scene when Baby is waiting for the crew to unload and head into a post office. Baby begins the music too early. However, he realizes the mistake and has the crew stop. He rewinds the music and tells them to keep on going. That move from Baby shows how important the music is in this film. It was as if the music was its own character, forwarding the plot, at times, more than any character.
The actors’ portrayal of these characters, are directed to near perfection. I was hesitant about Elgort throughout the production of the film. And while his performance lacked at times, it was nothing that derailed the film. But it was Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm’s performances that stole the show. The both of them were badass while playing these hardened criminals. They’re portrayal of the characters were as if they were bombs ready to explode.
The romantic aspect of Baby Driver, is what weakens the film overall. What felt like, oversaturation of romance between Baby and Debora (Lily James), is what makes this film so different from Wright’s previous film accomplishments. There were times when Debora followed Baby blindly into whatever situation he led them into, which, in my opinion, didn’t feel realistic.
I keep using the word fun when describing Baby Driver, but it’s true! With its creative story and impressive action, Baby Driver is the fun and entertaining film that audiences should receive during the summer season.
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Eliza Gonzalez, and Kevin Spacey