Most movies these days seem to slip in and out of theatres with little fanfare or critical acclaim, while others ignite audiences and inspire a kind of passion that critics have long lost. Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is definitely the latter.
Written and directed by Wright, this slick watch follows a getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort), who finds himself working for a kingpin in order to pay off a heavy debt. However, when he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby must find away to get out of his dangerous job alive.
The trailers for Baby Driver gave us a hint of the fast-paced chase scenes we’d get to enjoy, but the reality was so much more. High speed chases galore unfold to the beat of an impressive soundtrack, amping up excitement as Baby finds death defying ways to escape capture while causing minimal harm to the public. It’s these moments that serve the story in surprising ways, giving us insight into Baby’s kind and caring nature, despite the undesirable company around him.
Speaking of which, the supporting cast is simply unbeatable here. Eiza Gonzalez and Jon Hamm are the quintessential modern Bonnie and Clyde, and share a fiery chemistry that sizzles on the big screen. Playing the unhinged and mean-tempered Bats is Jamie Foxx, whose character you’ll quickly come to despise as he pulls every dick move in the book. Foxx seems to revel in his villainous role, constantly tearing Baby down and questioning his motives, yet bringing a necessary humour to some dark moments. As always, Kevin Spacey is a commanding presence as the brains behind every heist (Doc), and Baby Driver wouldn’t have been the same without his strength and authority guiding those quieter scenes.
Baby is a character you’ll root for from the get-go, and this largely comes down to Elgort’s charm and easy on screen presence. The actor excels during the emotional moments when we explore Baby’s past, not to mention the cute-as-a-button scenes with the wonderful Lily James (Debora). Elgort and James bring an enduring innocence to their characters’ blossoming relationship, which raises the stakes every moment Baby spends living dangerously.
Baby Driver is easily one of 2017’s best cinematic offerings, and if there’s any justice in the world, fans will be lining up to enjoy the ride.