Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey
I usually avoid trailers as I like to be surprised (except Marvel trailers, those I watch over and over again). All I knew about Baby Driver was that:
- It was about cars, which pleased my husband
- It had great music, which pleased me
Baby (Ansel Elgort), is the young man who is a surprisingly skilled getaway driver for various sets of robbers. What makes him so great, is that his pace, and decision-making is dependent on the music he is listening to.
He is a ‘good’ guy who found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and was taken advantage of by criminal mastermind, Doc (Kevin Spacey). Doc never uses the same team twice and hires Bats (Jamie Foxx), who is reckless and paranoid, to team up with Buddy (Jon Hamm) and Darling (Eiza Gonzalez), a couple grossly in love, but capable and strategic.
Just like every good guy working for a criminal organisation, Baby falls in love with a waitress, Debora (Lilly James) and wants to escape to live a guilt-free life.
But we all know, it’s never that easy.
The music was paired perfectly with each scene adding to the electric feel of the film, of the car chases, of the shootouts. The movie would not exist without its soundtrack, just like Baby would not be their driver without his.
Multidimensional characters? Yes, this movie has it! Each character played a vital role in the film with their actions keeping you on your toes. Given the opportunity to cast someone else, I wouldn’t dare. The cast perfectly encapsulated their characters to a point where I fear Jon Hamm.
Baby Driver has the perfect amount of action and humour, with some romance sprinkled on top. It is perfect.
Like most Edgar films, it’s not for everyone. For me, Edgar Wright can do no wrong (I know, that one was too easy, but I couldn’t resist it).