If you walk into a screening of Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver and expect a typical summer blockbuster or a mindless action flick, you might be disappointed with the outcome. The movie has more to offer than fast cars, creative weaponry, and scantily clad girls – Baby Driver isn’t another Fast and Furious sequel after all.
The movie tells the story of Baby (Ansel Elgort), who lost his parents in a car accident at a young age, and since then suffers from tinnitus. To drown out the constant ringing in his ears, he listens to music at all times, particularly behind the wheel. Baby is a uniquely talented getaway driver for the powerful crime lord Doc (Kevin Spacey), and together with an always changing set of criminals, Baby assists in countless bank robberies. That is until he meets Debora (Lily James), and wonders whether a life beyond crime is a possibility.
Take a look at the trailer for Baby Driver below:
Baby Driver consists of action, from the many, many heists to the not as many (but still memorable) gun fights that leave the audience on the edge of their seat. But it also includes quiet moments that tug on our heartstrings, whether it is Baby’s blossoming romance with Debbie or his close relationship with his foster father. There is one scene in particular that will make viewers tear up, and you’ll know it when you see it, so we won’t spoil it for you. Otherwise Baby Driver leaves you buzzing, thrilled, and anxiously waiting for the other shoe to drop – it makes 90 minutes speed by.
Baby makes for an extremely interesting protagonist. He is not a man of many words, but rather finds expression through both the music he consumes as well as the music he makes himself. And music is a tremendous part of the film and the soundtrack works towards the creation of the Baby Driver‘s atmosphere. It is so good, so outstanding, the first thing you’ll want to do after seeing the movie is find it on Spotify, iTunes, and the like. Baby’s love for music stems from his relationship to his mother, which, while not thoroughly explored, is an ever-present theme in the movie. Elgort takes the role and makes it his own, and leaves the audience wondering if there was ever another actor meant to compete.
Apart from Elgort, the rest of the perfectly assembled ensemble cast does not disappoint either. Kevin Spacey does what he does best, as he threatens his underlings into submission. Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Eliza Gonzalez, all of who star as Baby’s fellow bank robbers carefully toe the line between good and bad, and friend and foe, until they don’t. Hamm in particular does a terrifyingly good job of playing both the doting husband as well as the crazed criminal.
All in all, Baby Driver is a speedy action-packed comedy, with insanely witty writing and poignant lines, but also good old-fashioned tension and adrenaline. An outstanding score and soundtrack, as well as a beautiful cinematography round up this Edgar Wright masterpiece, and make Baby Driver one of the summer’s can’t-miss movies.
Baby Driver opens in US theaters June 28.
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