Edgar Wright is one of the most beloved filmmakers in recent memory and his filmography is nearly flawless. Wright is mostly known for the Cornetto trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End) and the cult favorite Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Baby Driver is Wright’s first film since 2013 thanks to a lengthy period working on Ant-Man before eventually leaving the project.
As usual Wright also handled the script for Baby Driver and I’m happy to say that this film is easily my favorite film of 2017 so far. Baby Driver is primarily an action/heist film and really the ideal summer movie for anyone who enjoys the big blockbuster spectacle but Wright adds so much style and genius to the production that a viewer can go back to this movie and get more and more out of it each time.
Baby Driver is a pretty literal title. There’s a dude named Baby (Ansel Elgort) and he’s a driver, more specifically a getaway driver. Baby suffers from Tinnitus, a condition that causes constant ringing in the ears and he’s uses his music to drown out that ringing, even when he’s driving. Baby works for Doc (Kevin Spacey) among his ensemble of bank robbers including Bats (Jamie Fox), Buddy (Jon Hamm), Darling (Eiza Gonzalez) and Griff (Jon Bernthal).
Baby is such a big fan of music that the film could nearly be considered a musical. Edgar Wright said in an interview that the songs that were used were in the script from a very early stage and very few changed through production. Any attentive viewer will see lots of little Easter Eggs that follow the music and this stays fairly consistent through the whole film. I won’t reveal any because its so much cooler to see it play out on your own. Baby Driver has my favorite soundtrack in a few years. I immediately ordered the soundtrack on Amazon after I left the theater that’s how great it was. There are so many songs in the movie that the soundtrack is a double LP but there isn’t a point where the music gets excessive. The soundtrack covers a lot of eras as well as a lot of genres.
While this can be a film for music fans its also a lot of fun for people who enjoy car chases. There are multiple in the film and there are some pretty cool stunts that they pull off. One of the best ones was in the promo material. The majority of the stunts were real and the cast said that they were in the cars for most of them.
I’ve seen the reviewers lay a lot of blame on the romance and love interest played by Lilly James but I thought she was exceptional. The fact that she was fairly hot worked as well. Ansel Elgort was probably the standout of the cast. He was so good that I was a little sad that he didn’t get the young Han Solo role after he was supposedly auditioning last year. This guy has a lot of screen presence and I think he’s going to really make a name for himself with this movie. Jamie Foxx is his best since Django, Kevin Spacey is a great addition and I hope that this is the movie that finally gets Jon Hamm’s post Mad Men career off the ground.
Baby Driver is probably going to be the best wide release of the summer and its easily my favorite movie of the year so far. This movie is going to earn every cent that it gets. Its a good standalone film that doesn’t spend any time trying a set up a potential sequel and its got some of the best action you’re going to see in 2017. The characters have some loveable quirks as well. I suggest that you check out Baby Driver ASAP. Its a great blockbuster but its also cinematic gold.
Baby Driver gets 94 out of 100. Rewatch will likely get it to a clean 100. Check in later from some of Ulick’s thoughts on the film as well.
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