Movie Review: Baby Driver

Details: Released in 2017. A little under two hours long. Stars Ansel ElgortJon BernthalJon Hamm. Written and directed by Edgar Wright.

Up until a few weeks ago, I had never even heard of this movie. Which is surprising given just how many big names are in the cast. The title sounds like the name of an Adam Sandler comedy. Anyways, when the film was released, a wave of reviews came out and this movie is seemingly one of the best reviewed films of the year. Without knowing much about what this film was about, I decided to give this film a watch and found a highly stylized film that I greatly enjoyed.

Baby Driver centers on its protagonist, a getaway driver named Baby. Baby is likely the best getaway driver in town. He sometime through the film meets a girl and decides that he wants to get out of the criminal life. Baby then tries to do so.

This is not a kids film. This is a rated R crime film. With that said, its not as serious as say, Goodfellas or something like that. This is a heavily stylized, sometimes campy movie. There are a lot of jokes and a lot of cheesy, edgy lines. But these all work with the overall tone of the film and help to convey a funny, yet very tense atmosphere for the audience.

I don’t normally put the director in the details line above, but there were so many obvious directorial decisions made that I can’t help but notice and appreciate Wright’s efforts. The pace and cinematography of the action, the use of music, and the way the actors delivered their lines were just a few of the ways you can feel Wright’s influence. Furthermore, according to imdb.com, Wright also wrote the film. There are a lot of good lines in this movie as well as jokes that worked for me. A lot of the lines may be campy when said out of context, but in the context of this film, it works.

There are a lot of big name actors in this movie and they are all expectedly good. The most recognizable faces for me were Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Jaimie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey. The rest of the cast were great as well.

Overall, Baby Driver is a great movie with great music, great action, great tone, good acting and a good enough story that kept me in suspense. It’s a movie I greatly enjoyed and recommend anyone old enough to watch rated R movies go see.

Score: 8/10

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