Baby Driver is the next project director Edgar Wright embarked on after he departed from Ant-Man. Whenever Edgar Wright directs a film, he puts his style and flavor all over it, and he continues to do so with Baby Driver. I would have to say that this is one hell of a ride that Wright puts us on and this may be my favorite movie of the summer so far.
To start, the direction and writing were top-notch, as Wright both directed and wrote this feature. The dialogue was crisp, the story was fairly straightforward and fun, and the overall direction this movie was taken in was nothing short of spectacular. The performances all-around were enjoyable, with lead Ansel Elgort effectively portraying a guy that has the thrill to drive cars, but has the heart to care about those near and dear to him. His chemistry with Lily James was fantastic, as you were able to buy their relationship together, and James was very pleasant yet bubbly in her role all-together. Other stand-outs were Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, and Jon Hamm as they brought the criminal edge to the film while giving the movie even more character with their slick, yet brash dialogue and actions.
The action in the film was something to see as well, as the car chase scenes were spectacular to see. However, one gripe I do have with the action was with the beginning chase scene; there were quite a bit of the same techniques used and it wasn’t too “heart-pounding”, but this is a small gripe and the chase scenes and the action only got better throughout the film.
This movie revolves around music and sound, seeing that the main character, Baby, has an iPod and a song readily available for any job. The soundtrack was fun and had that driving feel that supported the scenes in the film exceptionally well; I wasn’t thinking to myself that “this song is unnecessary” or “this doesn’t fit the scene at all”, each scene was enhanced by the soundtrack and the sound mixing of the various gunshots and tire-screeches spread across the movie. Another positive was the weight of the events occurring, as every gunshot, every car crash, every interaction carried a sense of weight and importance that influenced the events going forward, and the stakes seemed to be higher and more important as a result. Even though the story revolves around a couple of bank robberies for the most part, you’re invested in pretty much all of the characters and actions on screen.
Baby Driver is a thrill ride that is perfect for the summer-season and should be celebrated for its fun, charm, and entertainment value that it brings to this block-buster heavy part of the year. Many people complain that Hollywood is “running out of ideas” and that “they’re just making sequels, reboots, and superhero movies”, but this is something totally original that distances itself from the conventional blockbuster. If we want to see more original content rather than “another sequel or reimagining”, we should go support this film which will tell Hollywood that we want to see more stuff like Baby Driver. I certainly enjoyed this flick, and I’d most certainly recommend this.
Favorite scene: B-A-B-Y sing and dance
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