Director and writer Edgar Wright knows how to make a damn good movie, it’s a fact that’s been cemented over the years in his numerous cult classics, but “Baby Driver” takes the director to whole new level of brilliance.
From start to finish “Baby Driver” holds your attention and keeps your body humming. Take Wright’s ability to write perfect dry humor, wildly choreographed car chases (as well as possibly the best damn foot chase ever seen in a movie), a stellar cast and music being used in a way it never really is and you have a film that’ll easily be one of the best of the year.
Ansel Elgort plays Baby as caring, innocent and calm to an impressive degree. He doesn’t say all that much in the long run, but you feel like you know everything about him by the end and a lot of it comes from the small interactions he has with strangers and the kindness he radiates. There’s also the wonderfully tender relationship he has with his foster father as well as his new love Debora.
Eiza Gonzalez and Jon Hamm are delightfully deceptive as the wildly in love and incredibly dangerous married couple Buddy and Darling. Jamie Foxx is well crazy as he’s aptly named Bats. Jon Bernthal makes an all too short appearance and leaves his mark even though he’s not seen again.
And then there’s Doc the seemingly dastardly, yet also unexpectedly kind leader of the pack played perfectly by Kevin Spacey. Aside from playing him evil with a soft spot for Baby, he also delivers some of the best comedic lines of the film in a delightful deadpan (especially his final moment where he references Monsters Inc.).
Its pop culture references and witty dialogue are such a part of what Wright does so well and the cast manages to pull it off seamlessly.
Then there’s the music. After coming out of “Baby Driver” it’s very likely you’ll find yourself wondering if movies have been using music wrong up until now. Every song is perfectly chosen and you can’t believe no one has ever used these particular songs in this particular context before. And then there’s the simple way the music flows with the action. At the open of the film you find the words from the song following Baby around on street signs and graffiti; then it’s in sync with every turn of the wheel, every shot from a gun. Music isn’t just in this movie it’s a character of its own. The attention to detail is astounding and the work that the team behind this film put into it is so impressive.
The film has an aesthetic and style all its own. It’s classic, timeless and yet modern. It shows very Americana esque, showing Atlanta in a way that’s not shown often enough because too many people think of the “The Walking Dead” when they think of the Georgia city. It’s a heist movie, but it’s also a car chase film; and yet it also manages to be a love story.
“Baby Driver” is absolutely unique.