NEED. TO. STOP. THE. URGE. TO. DOWNLOAD. THE. SOUNDTRACK!
Conceived in 1994 and tested in the 2003 music video for Mint Royale’s Blue Song, director Edgar Wright (The Three Flavors Cornetto trilogy and Scott Pilgrim vs the World) finally made his work into the big screen.
Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a getaway driver who works for Doc (Kevin Spacey), a veteran criminal mastermind, to pay for an expensive car he stole from Doc. After working with robbers such as Buddy (Jon Hamm), Darling (Eiza Gonzales), and Bats (Jamie Foxx), his debt is finally paid. In the middle of his criminal life, he met waitress Debora (Lily James), who he felt an instant attraction with. His past came back to hunt him though…as Doc returns and asks him to be his driver again for one more heist.
From the very first 6 minutes of the film, I AM HOOKED! It basically sums up the film.
All actors did their part really well. Obviously, props for Elgort for such a good portrayal of this enigmatic character suffering from tinnitus. The first 6 minutes of the film pretty much showed his character, his defense mechanism, and his style. Cheers should also go to Mr. Spacey…for portraying a character we would love to hate and hate to love.
The action sequences are also amazing and so entertaining to watch. I have never seen car chases choreographed in such a way. It is surely poetry in motion. Usually, car chases only heighten or give spice to the action film, but car chases ARE the highlights of this film.
The cinematography is also a marvel. It is to be expected from a visual genius such as Wright. The transitions between scenes are smoothly done.
The biggest positive is definitely the soundtrack of the film. Just like Guardians of the Galaxy, the soundtrack acts as a character in itself. Also, going back to the cinematography, there were some scenes where the music would perfectly blend well with the movement of the camera, the actors, or the scene itself. It is simply a delight to watch!
Still, there are still a few (very few) negatives for the film…
The two female characters (portrayed by James and Gonzales) are nothing more but plot devices. They serve only as motivations for the actions of Baby and Buddy.
Lastly, I did not understand Doc’s sudden change of heart to help Baby at the end of the film. During the film, we found out that he just kills his disobedient/careless employees. He even threatened Baby (“hurting the ones he love” shtick).
Despite the negatives I just mentioned, Baby Driver is a fast-paced, entertaining, well-made action-musical (if you will). The cinematography, the cast, the car chases, and definitely the soundtrack… This is obviously…