The oddly titled film Baby Driver, starring Ansel Elgort and directed by Edgar Wright, is an exhilarating and stylish movie with a whole lot of spunk. It features some of the best writing, characters, and car chase sequences that modern action flicks can possibly offer.
The audience is first introduced to the main protagonist named Baby (Ansel Elgort), a gifted getaway driver for a network of exceptional bank robbers. What makes Baby different from others in this dangerous profession, is that he relies on an iPod full of his favorite tunes to help concentrate on the road.
One day Baby meets a young waitress named Debora (Lily James), who he immediately falls for. When Baby attempts to leave this lifestyle that he’s been coerced into, he is further threatened by the crime boss Doc (Kevin Spacey). Baby must now make the ultimate choice in whether he participates in another high-risk heist, or runs away with the girl of his dreams.
Baby Driver takes place in the present day, but features a lot of old fashioned, fifties style imagery, giving the film a real kick. This aspect is complemented nicely by a rather eclectic soundtrack, including great songs spanning across multiple generations. These songs that accompany the film during elongated car chases make already awesome scenes even more delightful.
Every performer in Baby Driver slipped into their respective roles perfectly. Cast members like Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, and Lily James do an effective job at embodying these well-written personas.
Now, to say that I was invested in the characters of Baby and Debora would be a huge understatement, as I was rooting for them the moment they both shared screen time. Their characters clicked together in a very convincing and fulfilling way, one that made me genuinely care about their relationship. This isn’t something I can say very often about on-screen movie couples, but I’m glad I can say it about Baby Driver.
The film is so fast-paced and action-packed that the viewer never really has time to get disinterested. The directing and camerawork make for some highly entertaining action scenes, the writing keeps the dialogue engaging, and the soundtrack brings everything full circle, providing the audience with two hours of pure enjoyment.
When the third act finally rolls around, most viewers will be at the edge of their seats anticipating what’s to come. Every moment you think the movie is about to end, the film decides to throw the audience for a loop and do something completely unexpected. This last twenty minutes or so of Baby Driver is everything I was hoping it would be and more, all with a resolve that is sure to leave viewers totally satisfied.
Baby Driver excels at being a high-energy movie with superb directing and protagonists you wholeheartedly care for. The soundtrack, as well as the retro imagery scattered throughout, gives the film a certain level of stylization that comes off as pretty charming. While I don’t think Baby Driver will be for everyone, I personally found it to be one of the more exciting movies released this year, with some of the best car chase scenes I’ve seen put to film.
The Verdict: A