Baby Driver – Movie Review

Baby Driver

Written and Directed by: Edgar Wright

Starring: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, with Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx

Rated: R

Run Time: 1 hour, 53 minutes

Genre: Action, Crime, Music

4 1/2 Framers out of 5

By: Shari K. Green

Baby Driver is frenzied; just a CrAzY wild ride!!  It was written, directed and edited with schizophrenic prowess.  In the theatre this weekend, because I know you’re going to go see this, sit back and prepare to have your body attacked by an insanely high energy film where there will be no relief for you from the intensity of the madness playing out on the screen.  Your eyes and ears will be assaulted and your body will stiffen but when you walk out of that theatre you’re going to say (I know you will) ‘I gotta see that again!’  The cinematography, stunts and the special effects are just that good.

The title refers to Baby (Elgort) who is an extremely talented driver of the getaway vehicles he drives for Doc (Spacey).  Doc is the big crime boss of Atlanta; even has some city police in his back pocket.  Not that Baby is long in the tooth, but when he was much younger, Baby did a stupid thing and took what wasn’t his; that thing belonged to Doc.  A bit eccentric and untrusting of people, Doc never works with the same crew twice and ever since except for this exceptional driver.  Luckily for Doc, Baby is paying Doc back by driving his bank robbing crew to safety until his debt is square.  Luckily for Baby, who isn’t a ‘bad guy’ that time is coming soon.  The film starts when he only has a few jobs left.  He desperately wants free of this obligation because the crews that Doc is hiring of late are getting worse and things are getting more dangerous.

What’s so exhilarating about this flick is that we don’t go into the bank with the crew and see the heist.  We’re inside the getaway car with Baby, waiting for them to come out and get them to a particular destination where they have yet another vehicle waiting for them to calmly drive away from the getaway car in case they were seen.  When Baby has his earbuds in, we are listening to the music with him and the music makes a lot of these scenes.  It’s a well-chosen soundtrack for us to jam to when he’s driving through the gorgeous city of Atlanta; running from cops at high speeds.  Why he loves cars and why he’s into music is because when he was a child, he was in the car when his parents were killed in an accident.  He was listening to music when the car rammed into the back of a truck and ever since, he has a ringing in his ears.  Playing his music is the only thing that momentarily gives him peace from this affliction.  That is until he meets Debora (James).  She gives him hope that there can be a life for him after his criminal behavior.  Debora wants what he wants and in their shared vision of the future, driving fast isn’t in the cards.  However, with Doc in the picture, is driving slow an option?

See Baby Driver… today!!  You’ll laugh, you’ll be shocked, and you’ll jump out of your seat.  Its fast pace will get your adrenaline running and its ending will surprise you… so will the appearance of Paul Williams!  Now, I KNOW you’re intrigued and I know you’re seeing it this weekend if not today, right?  Have fun and enjoy one of the best and most unique action films to be released in a long time.

About Shari K. Green

Shari became fascinated by films when at the age of seven she saw a movie being made in front of her house. As a teenager she immersed herself in the culture of film working on stage and then became a cinephile, working in a video store. Since then she expanded into film criticism writing for the last eight years and she has now written, directed and produced several short films and is currently working on a feature film project with her production company, Good Stew Productions, which she created with a few of her friends. Her favorite movies are “The Big Chill” and “Lonely Boy” and she enjoys watching Woody Allen films above all others.

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