In case you haven’t guessed it, we are going to talk about films. Well, one film in particular. Baby Driver is an action comedy film written and directed by Edgar Wright and starring Ansel Elgort, who we know from The Fault in Our Stars, as the main character. Other actors we see in the movie are Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eiza González, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Jon Bernthal. It premiered for the first time in March 2017 on the South by Southwest Film Festival but wasn’t released worldwide until summer. For those of you that are not familiar with it the plot, it resolves around the young getaway driver going by the name Baby (Yes, B-A-B-Y). After his parents died in a car accident when he’s only a child, he is left with partially impaired hearing and ferries the crews of bank robbers assembled by Doc, a mastermind heist planner, to pay off a debt he incurred after stealing one Doc’s cars. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Debora, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now he finds himself and everything he cares for in grave danger. To survive, and escape once and for all this criminal world, will take all of Baby’s skills, wits and courage.
Hooking up the audience in the first few minutes is vital for a successful film and this one really does it. The opening scene is honestly thrilling. We witness Baby’s incredible talent behind the wheel and get an idea about the general mood of the film. From there on it only gets more and more amazing. Along with the aesthetically pleasing cinematography and the breathtaking stunts, I very much enjoyed the soundtrack. It has this retro vibe to it that fits perfectly with the scenes you see on the screen and gives the whole production an old-time feeling although it’s set in present days. The thing about this film that really impressed me, however, was the way it fluctuates between genres. At one moment you’re watching an electrifying action, the next one it turns into a sweet romantic comedy, then goes back to action. With all that back and forth switching it doesn’t get boring even for a second. The one thing I didn’t really like was the end but I guess that’s just because I like more dramatic endings and this was just a generic happy-end.
Overall, Baby Driver managed to live up to my expectations and even surpass them. It’s honestly an astonishing movie, so if you are looking for something action packed, yet funny, with a sprinkle of romance, add this title in your to-watch list you won’t be disappointed.
My rating: 8.5/10