I’ll admit that Baby Driver was not originally on my list of most anticipated summer films. When I first saw the trailer I was completely thrown off by the name and the concept. Even after I did my best to explain the plot to my husband, (who loves action movies) he was like “yeah, I think I’ll pass.” But after hearing such good reviews about it I decided to give it a shot.
If you don’t know, it’s about a music lover turned heist getaway driver named Baby who is being forced to work for a crime boss. It was written and directed by Edgar Wright, who has made some really awesome films including Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. I was expecting an in-your-face, unconventional action film similar to Kingsman: The Secret Service and Wanted. I got that and a lot more!
This review is spoiler-free, unless of course you prefer not to read any details about the film at all.
This is so weird…
This is the very first thought I had. In the first 5 minutes I already knew this movie wouldn’t be a typical action film.
Is this a musical??
I had no idea there would be so much music in this!! Maybe I didn’t pay enough attention to the marketing and trailers but I really had no idea. I guess it can’t really be considered a musical since the characters don’t really sing, but music is playing throughout the entire film as we are experiencing things the way Baby experiences them (he always listens to music on is classic iPod). I kinda feel like this movie is one big montage, or one big iPod commercial, depending on how you see it. lol.
They did this really cool thing where they synced the soundtrack to the effects in the movie, all the way down to footsteps and gunshots. I’ve seen that done in trailers before but it was really cool to see it done for an entire movie.
Ansel Elgort is FANTASTIC!
I’ve been a fan of Ansel Elgort ever since I saw him in the (not so good) Carrie remake back in 2013. And of course I enjoyed seeing him in Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars. He is SO talented as an actor, dancer, and singer, and he seemed completely in his element as Baby. If you love him you will love this movie.
And of course it was such a pleasure to see veteran actors Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, and Jon Bernthal together in this movie. I do wish we got some backstory for their characters but it’s strange because the movie works without it. By the end all I really cared about was Baby.
I was also really impressed by Eiza González as Darling, one of the robbers. She was pretty bad ass and I wanted to see more from her. Lily James was great as Debora, Baby’s love interest, and she plays whimsy types of characters really well (i.e. Cinderella).
The soundtrack is really good.
There are some great music selections in this movie, including some songs I’ve never heard before. I’m listening to it on Spotify as I’m typing this.
This movie sure does a lot of things at once…
This strange concoction of action, romance, humor, and music works surprisingly well. The storyline is unique and the characters are interesting. I was never bored throughout the entire thing. I was in disbelief half the time, because I had no idea the movie would be this way, but I dug it.
Baby Driver was really fun and definitely the unconventional action movie I was hoping for. If you like that sort of thing I recommend it. It’s a nice breath of fresh air and I can see why it’s getting so much praise!