Baby Driver wastes no time getting into it. The film starts with the titular character Baby, (played by Ansel Elgort) shades on and earplugs in behind the wheel getting prepped and ready to play getaway driver for a trio of bank robbers (played by Jon Hamm, Eiza González, and Jon Bernthal). How does he get ready? By getting the soundtrack for this particular getaway playing in his ears (the track for this one happens to be ‘Bellbottoms’ by The John Spencer Blues Explosion). I’m into it.
The film, directed by Edgar Wright, is an original story in a time where there are not that many original films being released. He was supposed to direct Ant-Man but backed out due to creative differences with Marvel saying “The most diplomatic answer is I wanted to make a Marvel movie but I don’t think they really wanted to make an Edgar Wright movie.” Lucky for us he was able to take creative reigns with Baby Driver, a film that delivers on action-packed car chase scenes but also has human depth and emotion (done in the right way).
At first I was like “What is this guys deal?”. Baby had this quiet, brooding act going on. What was it all for? Was it a little too much? And just when you think it is his backstory is revealed and you start to empathize with the character. It’s not revealed how old Baby is but definitely too young to be mixed up in the world he is playing in, a getaway driver puppet to a criminal mastermind named ‘Doc’ for which he owes a ‘debt’ (played by the always wonderful Kevin Spacey).
Another star in this film is the music and I am a sucker for a film that does that (one of my favorite movies being Almost Famous). And Edgar Wright has done that before with Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. It’s always exciting to me when characters in movies are part of the music – they talk about it, get excited about it, and sing along to it. It’s not just part of the soundtrack – it’s a part of them. And this is one of the things that brings Baby and his girl Debora together (played by Lily James). My one gripe is I wish they did just a bit more with James’ character. She had no problem giving in to this mysterious dude who literally is the getaway driver and accomplice for criminals a little too quickly (stranger danger girl!) but she played the innocent love interest opposite Baby’s dangerous world perfectly.
All in all Baby Driver is a fun and original one reminding me that all I really need sometimes is that – some fun and some music on film.
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