Verdict: An extremely stylish musical action-thriller.
Baby Driver made by any other director would be just another last-job-in-the-criminal-world movie, but when it's written and directed by Edgar Wright, you know it is going to deliver much more than that. Edgar Wright has made a mark in Hollywood for showing the capability of movies to express uniquely what no other medium of entertainment can do. He's done it again with Baby Driver, which is just a polished movie from start to the end.
Baby Driver follows a guy named Baby (Ansel Elgort) who is a getaway driver for heists that moves to his own beat, literally. After being in an accident as a kid, he suffers from tinnitus and plays music constantly to drown out the ringing in his ears. The music is the soundtrack of his movement that makes a large part of what makes Baby Driver special. When Baby finds the girl of his dreams working in Bo's Diner, Debra (Lily James), he tries to get out of the life of crime to have a shot at being a normal, happy couple.
Even with such a ridiculous name, Baby is the epitome of coolness. Best driver despite being the youngest? Check. Wears sunglasses? Check. Great taste in music? Check. Trying to do good despite being in the criminal world? Check. Gets the girl? Well, you'll have to see to find out if the couple manages to make it alive and well through the seedy underworld. It seems like Ansel Elgort might have more to offer to Hollywood beyond being the heartthrob in teen book adaptations like The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent movies. Even with minimal dialogue, Elgort makes Baby feel like a real and lovable guy who is caught in the midst of something he can't control.
The rest of the cast is equally on the top of their form. Kevin Spacey plays a familiar role of a no-nonsense leader who is the brains of the operation. He puts together a different crew for each heist, with Baby as the only constant good-luck charm. The final heist is made up of a group of brilliant actors who play their characters perfectly. Jon Hamm as Buddy pulls off being good-natured and intimidating. Eiza Gonzalez, playing Buddy's girlfriend and partner-in-crime Darling, is more than just eye candy, she has her legitimately cool moments. Jamie Foxx, true to his character's name of Bats is crazy, in an alarming, unpredictable way. The crew is all tattooed and menacing, making baby-faced Baby stand out all the more.
In many ways, Baby Driver is very similar to Nicolas Refn's 2011 film Drive. But while Drive put solely Ryan Gosling in the spotlight, Baby Driver has a whole cast of A-listers to make you want to watch it. It's a fun watch, even in its dark moments, Baby Driver is injected with a hope that will make you root through all the twists for Baby and Debra to get a happy ending till the credits roll.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
At its heart, Baby Driver is an all-out action movie that offers you much more than the usual fare of CGI frills. You will laugh, you will gasp, you will tap your feet to the rhythm of the movie. Watch Baby Driver for the stylish high-octane car chases and a good, entertaining ride that won't let you down. Of course, if you still need more convincing, the director's tweet is a reason itself:
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) June 28, 2017