Movie Review: BABY DRIVER is Pure Action/Music Adrenaline
Summer 2017 has been a depressing mix of franchise films that have lacked imagination and have committed the movie sin of being boring. To date, there has been only two good summer movies this year: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Wonder Woman. That all changes now with what will surely go down as the most original film of the summer: Baby Driver. Writer- director Edgar Wright's latest film showcases his extraordinary knack for combining wit, action and music, and is easily his best film since Shaun of the Dead.
Ansel Elgort provides a star performance as Baby, a young getaway driver that always listens to music in order to drown out the constant ringing in his ears due to his chronic tinnitus. He's the best at what he does. Baby owes a debt to Griff (Kevin Spacey) and has to keep driving until that debt is covered. Of course, Griff won't let Baby off the hook once that debt is paid in full, because he's Griff's lucky charm. This interferes with Baby's plans to run off with his waitress girlfriend Deborah (Lily James). Things get rough and Baby finds himself in over his head as he navigates this criminal underworld in jaw-dropping car chases and shootouts.
The action is all done via practical effects instead of the overly CGI-ed stylings of the Fast and Furious franchise, so the stunts all look very impressive. The cast all seem to be having a blast, especially Jamie Foxx as the requisite wild card of the crew of bank thieves.
The music plays an integral role in the film in the same way that music informs the action in the Guardians of the Galaxy series. These music tracks are mostly deep cuts into their respective artist's catalog, and I hadn't heard many of the tracks before. More info on the soundtrack can be found on fellow Amigo Josh's article here. There is almost never a moment in the film when a killer track is not playing, and the movements of the actors and sounds of the film are all incorporated into the tunes to create what could be considered a narrative music video. The effect is excellent, and I can only imagine how difficult it was to synchronize the film and musical elements. It's seamless.
If you love cars, action, humor and catchy classic tunes, then you will have a huge grin on your face from the moment Baby Driver starts until the final frame of the film. I know I did.