After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.
When I saw the first trailer for Baby Driver, I thought to myself, “This is going to be one of the best films this year”. The trailer was visually appealing, the soundtrack was on point, the cast is likeable and you got a great director in Edgar Wright. So, this film is set up for success, but one could argue that marketing plays such an important role in a film’s success and I don’t know about you, but I saw very limited marketing for this film. With all that being said, does Baby Driver drift into a top 10 list of this year’s best films? Let’s just say there’s no drifting required and it’s still racing for a spot in top 5. Probably a bad metaphor there, but you know what I mean.
I say it’s racing because let’s be honest, majority of the best films of the year come out around the holiday season, but boy, did I thoroughly enjoy Baby Driver. As mentioned before, Baby Driver is directed by Edgar Wright, who is known for his work in Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs the World. If you’ve seen any of those films, you know you’ll be watching a quality film right off the bat. So, we’ve set the base for this film. The next level is the cast. Some of you may recognize Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent), but majority of you will know Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx along with Lily James and Jon Bernthal. Eiza González also plays a decent-sized role in this film, but she’s only known for her role in the TV series, From Dusk to Dawn. This somewhat star-studded affair really nailed it, but I certainly appreciated the work of Ansel Elgort as Baby. I’m no actor, but to work with such a creative mind as Edgar Wright’s and to train yourself to do all the meticulous things needed to really heighten each scene, is no easy task and I thought Elgort hit it right on the mark.
Now, not all the credit goes out to the big names we all know about. Equally as important as them are the film editors and the sound department. I enjoy video editing in my spare time, so for me personally, I enjoy scenes that have long shots with very limited editing because it goes to show how perfectly planned everyone was for that scene. However, when they decide to add certain aspects into those long scenes to make it even more difficult, that’s where I simply fall in love. There’s a scene very early in the film where Baby is walking on the street, but he’s dancing, twirling and interacting with objects and I thought to myself, “What a beautifully shot scene”. I know this is more of Edgar Wright’s creative mind at work, but I wanted to point it out. The film editors and the sound department really had to work together on this film because every scene was instrumental. Literally. I can confidently say that there was instrumental/music being played in 90% of the film. I really want to say 100% because I know it was very subtle in some scenes, but boy I was impressed. The soundtrack of this film was top notch and it just worked so beautifully. I loved it whenever Baby’s headphones would come off, the music would quiet down and of course when he put his headphones in, the music would crank up. All the little intricacies just really made you appreciate the film.
The action in Baby Driver is great, but I must warn you – if you think this is an action film or you’re going to see Baby driving cars all film long, you’ll be disappointed. Baby Driver is not as action packed as you may think it is. I’d say it’s about 70% dialogue and 30% action.
Overall, Baby Driver is a solid 5/5 in my books. I would be shocked if it didn’t receive any Oscar nominations. Again, this is more of a film that you can appreciate for all the little details that come into play. Some may find it boring with all the dialogue, but if that’s the case, well I feel sorry for you.
Baby Driver hits theatres June 28.