Baby Driver Review

 

  • June 28th, 2017
  • Action / Comedy / Drama
  • 1 Hour 52 Minute Run Time

 

Baby Driver is that feel good cool movie of the summer that we might of really needed.

So many times with any movies involving crimes or heists of sorts they all start to blend together into a often times too serious melodrama. Edgar Wrights Baby Driver however shows us a surprisingly heavy character piece where the crimes take a backseat to a kick ass soundtrack, great characters, and a emotional draw.

We follow Baby, a young kid who after owing a debt to a crime boss just tossed into the lifestyle as a getaway driver for various robberies. Baby though doesn’t want this life forever though and after finding the woman of his dreams who is a waitress at the diner, Baby has to get out of his life of crime to be with the woman of his dreams.

Now this may sound like a cookie cutter story but it is anything but that. Baby himself has a ear problem from a accident as a child and thus always listens to music to drown out the ringing sound in his ears. This gives us the soundtrack to the movie that plays a major role actually. The soundtrack is as important as the actors themselves here. From the music he listens to while driving to something as simple as getting coffee, Baby Driver picked songs that vibed with the film perfectly and were able to draw you in more.

In a world too where films involving car chases are a majority of CGI it was refreshing here seeing a real chase. Major credit goes to Edgar Wright and his stunt team for being able to create some impressive car chases that were actually real.

The car chases though take a backseat to the colorful cast of characters. We have Baby who even when often quiet still carries so much without even needing to speak while his crime boss Doc (Kevin Spacey) is his usual loud, vulgar, and hilarious self. Jaime Foxx, Jon Hamm, and Eiza González all play some of the best robbers in recent films. With each having such a distinct personality and blending well with each other when all are on screen they truly bring the best out of everyone else. This is a odd film where nearly every role is playing with the perfect amount of humor and emotion that the film would require.

Overall Baby Driver while feeling like a Edgar Wright movie isn’t really similar to his other films for the most part. However it’s still damn good, while not having enough comedy or action to be either genre what we got was a film with heavy emphasis on characters with other elements being built around it. This comes highly recommended.

Score : 7.5/10

 

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