review by Bobby Blakey
With films like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and At World’s End on his resume it is near impossible to not love all Edgar Wright does. We almost got a Marvel film with his name on it before leaving Ant Man, but that at least gave him time for his latest film Baby Driver. While the film might sport a silly name it features a great cast including Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, with Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx, but does it offer up the action and fun the trailer promises or will it loose control of the beat too early?
Baby Driver follows a talented, young getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams, Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom. I have been eagerly awaiting this film since the first trailer, but not even the second more hyped up trailer does this film justice for all the awesomeness that it unleashes. From the first moment of the film you know you are in for something special and it never lets up until the very end. The story is pretty simple and manages to create a cool vibe complete with humor, violence and music in one cohesive complete piece of cinema brilliance.
The cast all do a great job, with Elgort coming off as cool and innocent all at once with a simple back story that gives you all you need to understand who he is and why the music matters so much to him. Spacey seems to be having a blast with the role and is better than I have seen him in years on the big screen chewing up every scene like only he can. Hamm and Gonzalez are the perfect insane couple that have some great moments together most notably with the action side. My personal favorites was Foxx who plays the most demented character in the film with an urge to solve every issue by killing someone and usually does. These band of thieves and killers are perfect together setting up a film that starts off light and fun and quickly dives into a violent world of insanity faster than Baby can drive his car.
The genius way Wright has crafted the music with the story and action makes this movie something more than it might have been otherwise. There is no denying Wright’s imprint on this entire piece he has created with a vibe similar to a Tarantino film but with Wright’s signature style. The action is plenty and beautifully shot and choregraphed like a beautiful dance number. I loved that the upbeat of the music and transitioning of the movements on screen work in unison to create an action masterpiece. As the film moves into darker territory the music changes with it and stops being as cohesive by design and works great to change the vibe of the story and its direction.
Once again Edgar Wright has showcased his skill and brilliance as a filmmaker to create easily his best film to date. As much as I loved Ant Man, I was sad to see Wright leave the project, but after seeing this film I am so glad he did. I hope everyone gets out there and supports this great film that will no doubt become yet another notch of perfection on Wright’s belt.