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Baby Driver (2017)

Review by CJ

Director:
Edgar Wright

Starring:
Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Eiza González, Jon Bernthal

Other notable appearances:
CJ Jones, Flea, Lanny Joon, Big Boi, Paul Williams

Running time:
112 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Heat, Reservoir Dogs, The Blues Brothers

 

After stealing a car from the wrong man, Baby (Elgort) finds himself indentured as a getaway driver to crime boss Doc (Spacey). When the cost of the stolen car is paid off with Baby’s share of the heist takings, he thinks he’s free to fall in love and live his life. Can Baby make a clean getaway or will be drift back into a life of crime against his will?

The premise of Baby Driver forms the basis of a great film that is backed up by wonderful characters, exciting twists and fun dialogue. Wright has created a world, story and characters that vividly inhabit the screen for nearly two hours.

Elgort gives a great performance as the titular Baby, a hearing impaired getaway driver with a heart of gold. Spacey is, as always, completely dominating in the best way possible during every scene he inhabits. James plays the naïve and sweet waitress with natural grace and talent. Foxx is a fantastic character actor and his performance as the unhinged element in Doc’s crew is thoroughly enjoyable to watch.

The action sequences — heists, gunfights and footraces, oh my! — in Baby Driver are amazing to watch. In saying that, they are nothing compared to the car chases and stunts. The mechanical mania is brilliantly choreographed and perfectly executed with, by all accounts, little to no CGI used.

Baby Driver manages to be both a very fun heist movie and a balls to the wall automotive action film. With a talented cast, exciting plot and killer soundtrack, Baby Driver is a must see for fans of great action flicks.

Rating:

“He had an accident when he was a kid. Still has a hum in the drum. Plays music to drown it out. And that’s what makes him the best.”

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1 Comment on Baby Driver (2017)

  1. I finally managed to watch Baby Driver after a busy weekend. I had heard the soundtrack was something to die for, and being an Edgar Wright fan, I just had to see it.

    I left the cinema pleasantly surprised with the end result even going home to purchase and download the soundtrack. I’ve tried explaining to a few people that Baby Driver is more a musical than anything else, and it’s proven so good, I’m planning my second viewing during the coming week.

    I need to see it again just to marvel at how the film was perfectly cut to the music. Something I’ve never seen done before on such a large scale. Reminded me of the scene in Shaun of the Dead with the song Don’t Stop Me Now.

    Just a fantastic film overall, I hold Baby Driver as the best I’ve seen this year.

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