When people start talking about a movie, particularly a movie that is getting a lot of praise, I feel compelled to look into it myself to see if it is worth all that it is receiving. That is the case this week since Edgar Wright’s new film has rolled into theaters and I managed to attend a screening of this film about a boy in the fast lane, slowed down by a pretty face, steered onto a rough road by shady characters and racing towards a sunset. Here’s a quick look at what Baby Driver has to offer.
That’s right! A heist thrill ride with a sharp cast, savvy writing, bold execution, killer chase sequences, driven by a sweet sense of rhythm and swagger with an eclectic soundtrack as its engine. Edgar Wright is in the driver’s seat of one of the most original and entertaining flicks of 2017!
Baby Driver stars Ansel Elgort as Baby, the best getaway driver in the ATL who rides blaring his own playlist and drives in the services a crime boss named Doc, whom he owes a debt. Baby is set to get out of the life when he meets a sweet waitress named Deborah and they make plans to ride out of the lives they know and never look back but Baby is compelled by Doc to pull off one last job before he makes his getaway.
From the starting line to the finish line, Baby Driver is a slick flick with great characters, a story with plenty of twists and turns, and impeccable attention to detail! This movie held my attention throughout and I couldn’t have been more impressed by it!
This is a standout cast of actors playing very cool characters. Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, Lily James, CJ Jones, Lanny Joon and Flea round out one of the best acting ensembles I’ve seen in the movies this year!
The music by Steven Price and the soundtrack steal the show! Almost every frame had a song in the background that just fit the moment to a tee! Whether it was “Easy,” “Nowhere to Run,” “Brighton Rock,” “Tequila,” “Debra,” “Egyptian Reggae,” or “Bellbottoms” when there was action or a scene or sequel that was pivotal to the plot, the right song gave the film a great sense of atmosphere for that moment and I’ve never seen anything like that before in a motion picture.
The camerawork and cinematography by Bill Pope was stellar and the editing by Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss was dynamic and precise to the point of picture perfect! Visually, nothing felt lost or out of step in this movie!
I also give credit to Marcus Rowland and his production design, Nigel Churcher and Justin O’Neal Miller and their art direction, Lance Totten and his set decoration and Courtney Hoffman and her costume design. More importantly, I must give credit where credit is due and that must go to the writer and director of this wild, original and masterfully executed thriller. Edgar Wright delivered a masterpiece!
I didn’t go into Baby Driver with much of anything but after bearing witness to everything it had to offer, I came out pleased! This is perhaps, the best film I’ve seen so far this year!