Baby Driver is the exhilarating music action flick alternative to the neo-noir Drive, thanks to its musical timing and uncannily choreographed action sequences .
A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
If you felt shortchanged by Drive and tired of all the CGI-driven Hollywood blockbuster movies, you finally now have an action movie with the best of old school thrills.
Baby Driver is a musical and an action movie in one, where a getaway car drifts to the riff of a song and characters shoot at each other with the beat of a drum. Edgar Wright wisely focuses on practical stunts and old school action rarely seen these days – an amalgam of car chases, shootouts and on foot pursuit – making the movie a refreshing break from all the CGI superhero action and franchises that simply won’t die.
These uncannily choreographed sequences are perfectly synced with a selection of tunes. Unlike in most films who use nostalgia to lure previous generations who now have disposable income, the music here is not just decoration. They either complement or contrast the elements on screen in interesting ways. The musical timing ensures that you get a fun heist film all accomplished without Fast and Furious ridiculousness.
Film direction, camerawork, old school stunts, sound design, and musical score all work together to produce a music video the length of a feature film. If you’re the kind of person who invests in headphones and have a playlist for every mood, Baby Driver is the perfect action movie musical hybrid.
That being said Baby Driver also comes with the flaws of being an MTV music video.
It’s the typical crime movie with a bunch of tropes – the wonderkid with a quirk who gets forced into employment by a crime boss whom he owes a huge amount of cash and forced to work with local criminals, including 21st century Bonnie and Clyde and that batshit crazy dude who complicates everything. Eventually, wonderkid meets a girl that changes his life and they plan to get the heck out of dodge.
Still, the cast does well enough do make these characters watchable. Bolstered with creativity from Edgar Wright, Baby Driver has enough mods to make it feel original even though it has a familiar paint job.
Baby Driver is the summer blockbuster movie that we’ve all been missing. It’s a slick action movie with a fun groove that will make you believe you can getaway even with the traffic of downtown Atlanta.
My Rating: 8/10