Fasten your seat-belt because Baby, B-A-B-Y, is about to take you on one of the most fun drives of the year!
Director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) lands his biggest opening of his talented career so far with Baby Driver, a high octane thriller which see’s Baby, the talented tinnitus suffering getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the daring game. After meeting Deborah the woman (Lily James) of all his dreams, he seeks an opportunity to ditch his shady lifestyle and make a clean break. Coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), Baby must face the music as a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom as the daring foes (Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx + Eiza Gonzalez) begin to suspect a gear change.
Baby Driver is this years best musical hidden throughout what can only be called as a no holds back stylish (original) action thriller which proves that originality is still alive in a Hollywood world over-saturated in remakes, reboots and re-oh why are they doing that one!
From the get-go we meet an iPod classic wielding Baby who is portrayed by the insanely lovable Ansel Elgort. Lost in his world of killer tracks, we are thrown into his daring crusade where music is his life and he must (literally) stop the getaway just so he can get the one awesome track tidbit! Not having much of an opinion of the young actor, this role has proved to us that he is a star in the making with nothing more than incredible acting chops and killer stunt work throughout his scenes.
The crazy crew are made up of some raw talent as we meet Doc (Spacey), Buddy (Hamm), Darling (Gonzalez) and Bats (Foxx) who only see one thing in their rear-view mirrors, bags of cash on the back seats and the cops left in dust. This is one rag-tag team of some messed up psycho’s who wouldn’t think twice about killing you — their chemistry on screen brought on some major laughs and gave us the creeps in the more intense scenes as they began to smell something not right with young Baby. The acting from the group is a true testament to the four, their on screen presence was truly to die for!
Having said that, our up and comers Lily James and Elgort really do make the sparks fly! Arriving at the same diner everyday, we meet Deborah, a sing-to-herself nine to five girl who wants something a little more daring in her life, here she and Baby begin a friendship that may blossom into more with the help of a track or two.
And that brings us to Wrights extremely clever use of music. It is a character in itself throughout. As we watch, we noticed that Wright edited the soundtrack which includes the likes of Queen, Barry White, Blur and Gwen Stefani making an appearances. One such instance is where he uses the beats to mimic the gunshots in a fire-fight. It was jaw droppingly crowd pleasing that left us grappling for more!
The only minor gripe we have (and not trying to be nit picky) but we felt that the conclusion was very fast and a little bit lazy? if we are allowed to say that. Maybe the fact that it was such a fast paced two acts that we didn’t consider/wanted the piece to lower the gears and eventually end on it’s notes. To think about it, that actually could be a high compliment to all involved.
What we do know is, that, Baby Driver is one of the most original and best pictures to come from 2017 thus far. Hitting the half way point of the year we are sure to bet that this romp will surely make fans and critics top 10 lists — as it really is a poetic musical that adds a splice of comedy and caped thriller into the mixtape! Tequila!
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