Film Review: Baby Driver

By Jordan Samuel

Film Review: Baby Driver (2017)

A young and talented getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort) relies on the personal beat of his preferred soundtrack (to combat tinnitus from an accident as a child), to be the best in the world of crime, as music heightens his focus and reflexes to extreme levels. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a mysterious criminal (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when an ill-fated heist threatens his life, love, and chance of freedom.

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Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) has one soft spot in my heart. I’ve studied Cornetto Trilogy at various points of my life. The filmmaker’s reliance on classic storytelling and unique blends of comedy got me interested in the subject. Hot Fuzz (2007) alone stands tall as his best work. The odd take on police officers was both a bitingly satiric and hugely entertaining parody.

The follow-up The World’s End (2013) showcased his potential to go down as the best British director working today. Marvel Studios worked with the director for Ant-Man (2015), which sadly ended with Wright leaving the project indefinitely on a sour note.

Since then, we haven’t heard much from Edgar Wright until he announced Baby Driver (2017) an action crime-musical-comedy hybrid. But does Wright’s signature style work in this environment?

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Baby Driver (2017) is not only Edgar Wright’s best project, but its the best and original action movie in a decade. Blending groundbreaking musical elements into a crime/comedy, with characters the audience will root for. Edgar Wright brings an utterly original movie to the table, in a dying action genre; as within the first minute we’re introduced to a perfectly choreographed chase scene with awesome music by Jon Spencer.

It becomes obvious that the film isn’t just set to wonderful music, but is created with it in mind. The car chases are unlike anything ever put to the big screen. Baby Driver adds intensity and unpredictability into these moments – shaming other modern Hollywood directors.

Harkening back to classic crime show Starsky & Hutch (1975), Edgar Wright scales back on the overcomplex action sequences seen in other present-day franchises.

Baby Driver’s story is centered around Baby, the mysterious figure who hitches our narrative to the beats on his iPod. He’s a getaway driver that has worked for Atlanta crime boss Doc (Kevin Spacey) ever since he could see over the top of the steering wheel; paying off a debt job-by-job.

Edgar Wright does not water down story elements, instead he leaves the audience wondering what’s going to happen next. A breath of fresh air in the summer movie season; giving time to develop characters through facial interactions, dialogue and heavy moments, without slowing down the pace.

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