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'Baby Driver' film review

'Baby Driver' film review

'Baby Driver' is directed by Edgar Wright, who also directed hits such as 'Shaun of the Dead', 'Hot Fuzz' and 'Scott Pilgrim vs. The World'. I'm a big fan of Edgar Wright's previous films so I was excited to see what he had in store in this latest film. Wright does not disappoint and once again has given audiences a fantastic film. 'Baby Driver' follows the story of Baby, a getaway driver trying to repay his debt back to crime boss Doc (Kevin Spacey) by driving cars for robbery heists. Baby is the best at his job but desperately wants to escape the world of crime, especially after he meets love interest Debora (Lily James).

Let me just start off by saying this film seriously impressed me. The plot for this film is original and with enough twists that I really couldn't tell what was going to happen, giving it a brilliant unpredictability that you just don't see in a lot of films, especially ones that revolve around action. The action is seamless and beautifully choreographed. There are less jump cuts than you'd expect for this type of film and it actually gave a more close-up follow along to the action scenes. That only highlighted the point of this film which was to show things from Baby's perspective. Baby is such a great character and Ansel Elgort gives a solid performance as the music-obsessed driver. He's mysterious and yet also not. After an accident as a child gave him tinnitus, Baby plays music constantly using one of his several iPods into his earphones to drown out the symptoms of the condition.

Debora (Lily James) plays around with Baby's (Ansel Elgort) portable tape recorder.

Debora (Lily James) plays around with Baby's (Ansel Elgort) portable tape recorder.

The music in this film, as with Baby's listening, is almost constantly played, yet it feels right. It never distracts you from what is going on; if anything, it enhances scenes. Even from the first introduction to Baby singing along to a song in his car, it helps to set the tone for both scenes and characters. Edgar Wright has some fantastic choices for music in this film, and I certainly intend to go and buy the soundtrack to this film. The ensemble for 'Baby Driver' is strongly performed, with Kevin Spacey dominating the room any scene he is in like a true kingpin. Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Eiza González were all excellent. Hamm's performance in the third act of this film is so brilliantly deranged and Lily James' character made a well-suited love interest for Baby, even if her own backstory was lacking. This film doesn't stray away from emotional gut punches, especially in scenes involving Baby and his deaf foster father, Joseph.

Overall, 'Baby Driver' is a car-chase heist movie, a romance and a drama all wrapped up in a deliciously cool soundtrack. With car chases so awesome that it puts other films in its genre to shame, 'Baby Driver' is a thrill ride, with satire, sweetness and immersive driving sensation all done to the beats of Baby's music. There won't be another film like this around this year, and I'm totally in love with it. 

Rating: 5/5
 

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