Mini-Film Review: Baby Drivers
An aesthetically pleasing, nerve rendering hour and twelve minutes of pure cinematic art, Edgar Wright’s swashbuckling Baby Driver is a masterpiece: where Before Sunrise meets The Transporter. Crazy analogy, I know. Taking the audience on an unexpected but fulfilling journey as Baby seeks redemption and finds love.
Written and directed by, one of my favourite artists, Edgar Wright; starring Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, John Hamm, Eiza González, and Lily James. The story follows the decisions made by Baby – a partially deaf getaway driver who enjoys making mixtapes out of conversations – who is faced with paying off a debt he owes to Spacey’s character. Everything seems fine until he falls for James’ character and the equilibrium is disrupted.
I have been a fan of Edgar Wright since Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – a cult classic that is held to high regards by many millennials for its great depiction of teenage angst and struggle with identification and search for love. Nonetheless, going into Baby Driver I wasn’t expecting anything less than a good time, but once I left it was evident I had much more than a good time signified through the continuous conversation I had with my friends all the way home.Due to its smart marketing and killer cast, consisting of Jamie Foxx (who plays Bats who attracts danger wherever possible), Kevin Spacey (plays Doc the mastermind behind the heists), John Hamm (the enthusiastic antagonist called Buddy), Eiza González (is Buddy’s girlfriend who seem like the modern day Bonnie & Clyde), and Lily James (Baby’s escape from a life of crime portrayed as a symbol of hope); all portraying typical roles for a heist-film. Nonetheless, it’s all about Ansel Elgort who delivers a stellar performance as Baby: a “devil behind the wheel” who suffers from chronic tinnitus and uses music to drown out the ringing in his ear, allowing Wright to use most of the film as a music video and even syncing gunshots to drum kicks – in other words it’s basically what one imagines when listening to music that fuels their imagination leaving them lost in their wonderland.
Baby also manages to find love when he happens upon a girl, Debora (Lily James), who works at the local diner. They develop their feelings through a mutual taste in music and Baby sees a future with her after his last job, but Doc (Spacey) situates himself between Baby and his dream disrupts the equilibrium. Baby decides to take on the heist but tells Debora that he’s going to double cross Doc and they’ll finally be able to drive off down Route 66.
Baby Driver is an orchestra of fast paced action complimented by the voices of exceptional musicians from The Commodores to Queen to Beck, never leaving room for a dull moment.
The best way to summarise this film is by quote from the film itself: “That’s some Oscar shit right there…”
Details thanks to The Hollywood Reporter
- Production companies: MRC, Working Title, Big Talk Pictures
- Distributor: TriStar
- Cast: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Eiza Gonzalez, Flea, Sky Ferreira, Lanny Joon
- Director-screenwriter: Edgar Wright Producers: Nira Park, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
- Executive producers: Edgar Wright, Rachael Prior, James Biddle, Adam Merims, Liza Chasin, Michelle Wright
- Director of photography: Bill Pope
- Production designer: Marcus Rowland
- Costume designer: Courtney Hoffman
- Editors: Paul Machliss, Jonathan Amos
- Composer: Steven Price
- Casting director: Francine Maisler
- Venue: South by Southwest (Headliners)