Writer/Director Edgar Wright has crafted a car chase/heist/musical/romantic comedy all rolled into one to spectacular results! This is one of the best, most original and coolest movies you’ll see this year. Click through to read my full review
In this film we follow a young man by the name of Baby (Ansel Elgort) who is “the best getaway driver in the business.” He works for Doc (Kevin Spacey) who has a bit of a step-father to step-son type relationship with Baby. Baby only works for him to pay off a debt that he owes to Doc. When Baby finally thinks he’s paid off his debt and can runaway with waitress Debora (Lily James), Doc ropes him back in to work another heist alongside psychopaths Bats (Jamie Foxx), Buddy (Jon Hamm), and Darling (Eiza González). As Baby strains to escape from a life of crime, he has to pull out all the stops to make his getaway. Also, Baby listens to music constantly to drown out the tinnitus in his ears that’s the result from a car accident where he lost his parents as a child.
I can define this movie in one word; COOL. This movie just radiates coolness. When you look up the word COOL in the dictionary it says ‘See: Baby Driver‘. Fonzi looks like a damn bum comparatively. This movie is the Tom Hanks of the moving pictures. It is the Barack Obama of the silver screen. But, before I go any further I need you to understand what kind of movie Baby Driver is. Watch the opening scene of the movie below that has been officially released to really sell you on what we’re working with.
Now that we’re all on the same page lets dive in. The whole entire movie moves to the rhythm of all types of different songs. I don’t believe there is an original score attached with this movie. As in an orchestral accompaniment from some random composer. No, this movie is tediously and expertly choreographed to previously existing songs from all genres. The music is used as a way to teach us about the characters and their emotions. Every time a gun is fired it is to the beat of the song that is currently playing. Doc’s character speaks in rhyme at certain times. The small details go on and on. It’s all these little things that make this movie something unique. The action is top notch and the performances are spectacular. Each actor really knows how to make Wrights’ dialogue pop. The standout for me in this movie is Jamie Foxx who makes Bats an insane and evil person, yet I loved every second he was on screen.
Baby Driver is written and directed by Edgar Wright who is the man behind the Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. If you’ve seen any of those movies you have an idea for the sense of style that Wright has as a filmmaker. He’s probably the best at crafting visual comedy (as seen in this stellar video by Every Frame A Painting) and has quite an eye for capturing unique action sequences. Baby Driver feels different than all his other movies yet it is still undoubtedly an Edgar Wright film. This movie deserves Oscar nominations for Orignal Screenplay, Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and hopefully Best Director. Wright is one of the best directors out there right now and the fact that this is still only his 5th full feature film goes to show that he still has room to grow. How? I have no idea. But, I can’t wait to see what else he has in store for audiences in the future.
Baby Driver is written and directed by Edgar Wright and is in theaters now