Baby Driver Review

Music To My Ears

Writer-director Edgar Wright (The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), brings another slick and eccentric experience to the big screen in Baby Driver.  Ansel Elgort (Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars) is Baby, a young man with severe tinnitus who drowns out his condition with music.  He almost constantly has his headphones plugged in, playing his life out to a personalised soundtrack of songs such as Bellbottoms and Queen’s Brighton Rock.  Wright frames the story around this concept, with a wide array of varied and excellent music choices that the on-screen shenanigans are closely choreographed to – with pinpoint and precision editing that keeps things moving along at a quick clip.

The plot itself though is familiar.  Baby is a young getaway driver trying to get out of the game but is forced to repay a debt to Doc (Kevin Spacey), a shady crime boss who has Baby under his thumb.  Forced to team up with an assortment of unsavoury types, such as Jon Hamm’s greasy Buddy and Jamie Foxx’s impulsive Bats, to execute a series of heists, Baby finds his love interest in waitress Debora (Lily James) which reaffirms his desire to get out.  The story then hurtles towards Baby’s ‘one last job’ before he can escape with Debora.  It is a familiar setup, but if you do not mind seeing it executed with a killer soundtrack from a director with a truly unique voice then Baby Driver is well worth a look.

  • On-screen action is choreographed to a great soundtrack
  • Fast pace with nary a wasted minute
  • When you get past the clever presentation, the story is typical heist fare
  • Relies on a few familiar tropes

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