Baby Driver follows the story of a young man who goes by the name Baby (above), who got into an accident as a young kid and developed Tinnitus (a ringing in the ear). So, in order to drown it out, he constantly listens to music, even when on the job. He’s a driver for Doc (Kevin Spacey) and helps criminals get away from stealing money, and his music makes him the best driver there is!
The base of story does sound familiar, (get away driver, one last job, love interest, drama), but I’ve never seen it done like this before, where the music syncs up with the action or dialogue that’s happening on the screen and oh my, what great action it is. It’s been five years since Edgar Wright’s last movie The World’s End and even in that, Wright showed what talent he had for letting shots linger on the action without cutting (robot encounter in bathroom scene) and he doesn’t let that up in Baby Driver either, with a wonderfully choreographed scene at the very beginning involving Baby escaping the cops in a Subaru WRX while listening to Bellbottoms by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. That’s how you do a car chase! Just let the camera stay on the car, so we can see some awesome practical stunt work. The very next scene where Baby grabs coffee for the crew is all one long shot, which reminds me a lot of Shaun’s walk to the shops for a Cornetto in Shaun of the Dead. Even as the movie goes on there is some awesome practical stunt/camera work, one of my favourites being a parkour scene.
I believe this is Edgar Wright’s biggest American cast that he’s worked with including Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Jon Berthnal just to name a few. They all deliver great performances because everybody seems to be having fun, which is a good thing because it makes the movie that much more fun to watch. The standout one for me though is Ansel Elgort because he’s usually in romance/teen movies such as Fault in our Stars or the Divergent series, which isn’t a bad thing, it just shows that he has range and can deliver in an action movie as well. I haven’t been this surprised since I saw Channing Tatum in the Jump Street movies. Also another standout is having an actual deaf person (CJ Jones) play Baby’s foster dad who delivers some laughs. Speaking of, amongst the action and drama, there’s plenty of time for some humour as well with lines from Doc, and Bats (Jamie Fox), but during the films run time of 1hr 53min, you’ll still find plenty more to laugh about.
My only gripe with this movie is some of the character choices, especially Deborah’s (played by Lily James), but I’ll leave it at that to avoid spoilers! Also one with Bats involving bubblegum. In no way did it ruin my fun though because I still have a smile on my face every time that I watch it. Also, slightly disappointed that Chase Me by Danger Mouse featuring Run the Jewels & Big Boi wasn’t in the actual movie, but I understand it was a promo song/video!! Other than that, Baby Driver features an amazing soundtrack and it’s one I listen too constantly.
Overall it’s a great ride and I’m glad Wright was able to get his vision (inspired by an old music video he did) made into an original movie with Sony (what? Sony making original movies??). Before I wrote this review, it was my third time watching and I’m still catching stuff I missed the first two times! Watch this whenever you get a chance, you haven’t seen anything like it. I give Baby Driver…