Movie Review: “Baby Driver” – Lots of Fun

Written by Caitlin Cooper July 12, 2017

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This summer, the big screen has been dominated by big box office flicks particularly superhero ones like Wonder Woman and Spider-Man: Homecoming. And then comes along Baby Driver, a film that’s quite different than the rest. I expected to enjoy the film, but I didn’t expect it to be as fun as it was. Baby Driver is a cool film with a cool soundtrack, and it was easy to get swept into the story.

Baby Driver is about Baby (Ansel Elgort) a young man who is left with ringing in his ears after being in a car accident. Music becomes his haven, and the way to combat the constant ringing. It also helps him be at the top of his game as a getaway driver for criminals. When he meets Debora (Lily James), he wants more than ever to get out of the criminal life. But it’s not exactly a job you can just walk away from. One last job is all that stands between him and Debora having happily ever after. But dangerous colleagues and desperation don’t mix well.

“He had an accident when he was a kid. Still has a hum in the drum. Plays music to drown it out. And that’s what makes him the best.”

I really liked the feel of Baby Driver. The pacing is like a playlist: it has ballads, rock, and pop. Most of them are oldies, but it gives the film a cool vibe. It’s perfectly balanced. Baby and Debora are drawn together by their love of music and their dreams of a simple life. And when they end up in danger together, it’s great to see them fighting for each other. The script itself almost sounds lyrical, with rhymes and easy flowing lines. It makes it easy to be engrossed in the film. And, of course, there’s the action scenes. The driving is cool, and more believable than the insanity in the latest Fast & Furious film. The action is dramatic yet has purpose. We learn more about Baby with each heist. He doesn’t like his job; in fact, it goes against his morals. But he owes an important man, and so he must drive. Driving and music are the only things about the job that keep him sane. And, of course, he also does it to support his guardian. We really get to know the characters of Baby Driver, even the minor ones, and it makes the film more complex than a just driving action flick.

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We last saw Ansel Elgort in Allegiant, the last Divergent film they made. In Baby Driver, he gets to change the pace from repetitive sci-fi to cool crime film. He plays the role of quiet but passionate Baby well. He does a good job of portraying Baby’s journey from accepting his lot in life to being determined to change it. Lily James, who was in 2015’s stunning live action Cinderella, is a great addition to the cast. She has a good singing voice, and gets to use it in Baby Driver. She has great emotional range on screen, so it’s no wonder they cast her as the female lead. Kevin Spacey plays Baby’s boss, and he plays the role with swagger. It’d be easy to dismiss his character as your typical criminal boss, but he adds layers to his performance.

“I can’t wait until the day when it’s just us, music, and the road.”

Of course, everyone will be seeing the big superhero films this year. But why not try something a little different and see Baby Driver too? It’s fun and cool. It has a great script that reflects Baby’s love of music, and a cast that’s eclectic but works well together. It might looks like just another driving flick on the surface, but it’s a complex action film about music and love. Do yourself a favour and go see Baby Driver; it’s a breath of fresh air.

My Rating: 8/10

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About Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin is an avid watcher of movies and television shows so she decided to use her passion to write about them. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing.

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