“Baby Driver is a testament to Edgar Wright’s unique style of storytelling”
Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jon Bernthal and Jamie Fox
Baby Driver tells the story of a fresh-faced getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort) who works for Doc (Kevin Spacey), a criminal he owes a debt to and who orchestrates various heist jobs across the City by bringing together a team of 3 robbers with Baby behind the wheel. Baby also suffers from a hearing impairment after getting into a car accident with his parents. He blocks out his discomfort through music and by recording everyday conversations and remixing them into songs. Acclaimed filmmaker Edgar Wright takes the director’s seat for this, he has directed films such as Shaun of the Dead, 2004 and Scott Pilgrim Vs the World, 2010
Baby Driver is not your typical heist film, if there’s one thing Edgar Wright never fails to deliver on, it is originality. The film is simply outstanding and a testament to Edgar Wright’s unique style of storytelling. It grips you from the first scene as we see our main characters carry out a heist in downtown Atlanta which in turn leads to an intense car chase scene accompanied by the track “Bellbottoms” by John Spencer Blue Explosion.
What stands out immediately is how the music is intertwined with the action happening on-screen, each emotion that Baby feels has a song track to go along with it that pulls the audience into the film but it also fits the scene. Believe me, you will want to collect the film’s official soundtrack after seeing this. Three major sequences play out and each sequence is edited and directed to perfection with practical effects and minimal reliance on CGI. These are some of the best car chase sequences I have seen in a long time. However, the story is not pushed aside in replacement of charged-up action as the second act of the film focuses on developing the characters. We get to see bits of Baby’s past and how his relationship with Debora (Lily James) evolves.
The casting is perfect, Ansel Elgort carries the film throughout with his outstanding performance as Baby and the romance that unfolds between his character and Debora is heartwarming to see. It’s safe to say that the entire supporting cast chip in towards the overall enjoyment of the film. One character in particular that stands out for me is Doc (Kevin Spacey). He is one of the elements that drive this movie forward, Doc is surprisingly a cool head and a smooth talker, but his presence is intimidating. Every scene he’s in keeps you glued to the screen.
In summary, Baby Driver is as fresh as anything you will see this year. After seeing this, you will want to drive with earphones plugged in and the volume turned up to the max. For your own safety, don’t do it!