Baby Driver (2017)
Director: Edgar Wright
Writer: Edgar Wright
Editing: Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx
Edgar Wright has once again blown my mind with his unique, interesting and fun visual style. Baby Driver is out, and it is fantastic! Fast-paced and stunning car chases packed with incredibly impressive stunt work, tense confrontations between compelling characters, fantastically shot action scenes and dream-like romantic sequences, all of it coated in a wonderful soundtrack that amplifies whatever is on screen.
Baby Driver tells the tale of a young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who is coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey). BUT SHIT GETS REAL.
This film is absolutely fantastic, and I love it so shut up and go see it.
Here's a little bit of background context for you. One of my all-time favourite films is Drive (2011). I'm sure I will write about it at some point (read as: I definitely will because how could I not). I love film soundtracks that really make you feel something. Music can be incredibly powerful, and can completely change the tone of a scene (or the entire film if any of you watched the *shudder* Radio 1 Drive rescore). Some of my favourite films have fantastic and memorable soundtracks (Akira (1988), Drive, Fight Club (1999), Ghost in the Shell (1995)– the original anime version).
I also love Spaced. If you haven't seen Spaced, then I urge you to watch a couple of episodes at the very least. Spaced is a British sitcom (from about the late 90s/early 2000s) starring Simon Pegg and Mark Frost, directed by Edgar Wright, and it is as hilarious as it is brilliant.
So it's pretty safe to say I was destined to love this film.
Baby Driver has an incredible cast – Kevin Spacey is brilliant as the businesslike crime boss Doc, Jon Hamm is both charming and terrifying as Buddy, Jamie Foxx is the unpredictable and unhinged Bats and I think I might be in love with Lily James now...
THE EDITING. Oh, boy the editing. Most of (if not all) the gunshots in this film are synced to the beat of the music. It's so subtle, but it's a brilliant touch. This film was edited by the same dudes who worked on Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2010) (Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss), and they deserve as much praise for this film as Wright. A lot of talented people worked on this film, and it really shows.
This film really got to me with the youthful, idealistic dreams of Baby and Debora (Ansel and Lily respectively). “Sometimes all I want is to head west on 20 in a car I can't afford with a plan I don't have, just me and my music and the road.” Fuck man. I want that. That's what life should be, enjoyment and fun. Not working a crappy waitressing job. Youthful dreams are too often laughed at and shrugged off as unrealistic. But they're only unrealistic because of that very attitude! Imagine if everyone just enjoyed life instead of worrying about making rent or paying off their mortgage. See the world man. Live out the dreams of youth. (I got side-tracked - Sorry...).
Wright is well known for his visual style and creative scene transitions and he stays true to form with Baby Driver. In an industry that seems to be churning out remakes and reboots of the same stories or endless sequels which add nothing to anything (not that there aren't good examples of these types of films) it's always refreshing to get a truly creative film.
In one (long) line: Fast-paced, stylish action with awe-inspiring car chases, a stunning cast and an impactful soundtrack sprinkled with dream-like sequences that perfectly demonstrate the joys of film - I fucking love it.