Spoiler-Filled Film Review
Edgar Wright, writer and director of some of my favourite movies, Scott Pilgrim v The World, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End is back with his latest film and one of my most anticipated films this year. To me, Edgar Wright takes movie genres, and puts his twist on it. Before going into this film, I already knew it wasn’t just going to be a heist movie. So, here’s my review for Edgar Wright’s film Baby Driver:
The performances here are fantastic (more in the Characters section). One of the greatest strengths: the music. Wright is so smart in the way he incorporates music into his movies, if you watch any of his films you’ll see how he uses music, this movie he takes it to another level. The music we listen to is what the characters listen to during the film and it elevates his characters. The music drives all Wrights films, here is the same, the chase scenes and action sequences are choreographed to the rhythm of the music, which is why each song is specifically chosen to be the heartbeat of the scenes. It’s great because it was incredibly cool but there’s purpose behind it too.
Another strength is obviously, Wrights style. It’s not just that it’s creative, original or artsy, but when you’re familiar with Wright’s work, his style has purpose like the music. Some other stylised films in that to have that element, other elements must be sacrificed, like a plot or character development, or even just a simple story. Edgar has this style to progress the narrative, it serves a function. Edgar Wright frame every shot tells its own story, great examples are during
The Car chases are amazing!!
Also, it’s so cool to see a director who celebrates the music, and editing as equals to character development, action and dialogue.
What weaknesses can you think of? It’s not long enough.
Ansel Elgort is perfect as Baby, his performance is the balance to the intensity and wildness of the other characters. He has this innocence to him especially when he’s around said characters. This point is backed up when he is in court, all the characters he’s sort of saved during the heists speak for him and what he did. Lily James plays the love interest, Debora, who Baby falls in love with and who he wants to drive away with. Their chemistry is on point and it was believable. I was rooting for them the whole movie.
Kevin Spacey’s Doc is a great character, he’s not the typical and predictable heist boss you’d think which shows great writing. Doc’s revolving gang is equally as intriguing and entertaining as our main characters. Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx might’ve stolen the whole film for me. Jamie Foxx’s character, Bats, is Bats*** crazy, a man with no sense of consequences and he was just a loose bullet and so unpredictable. Jon Hamm’s Buddy had a surprisingly great performance, I know he’s a great actor but here he was at his best ever. When his Bonnie was killed, he became loose cannon and the main antagonist for our protagonist, he was just bad ass!
Other Points & Developments:
- Favourite scene: Most of the scenes were amazing, from the car chases to the character interactions, to Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx, but what stands out most is the opening credits scene where Baby goes and grabs coffee for the team. The camera follows Baby as he walks/dances to a song (great song btw), and the lyrics are spattered all around the scenery as he walks past it, and one cool little bit is where Lily James character, Debora, walks past with a heart over her character. Like all his films Edgar has hints in the beginning of his films, and he laid some cools hints during this sequences.
- Bats:”The moment you catch feelings, is the moment you catch a bullet”
- Apparently, in the restaurant scene, Kevin Spacey’s character is talking to Big Boi and Killer Mike; I guess I’m going to have to re-watch the movie again.
- Buddy: “Buddy, Bats, Darling – they’re all code names, nicknames, monikers”
Bats: “So what’s your name, Darling?”
- NerdService #1: A song is played in the background of nearly every scene in the film. Also, wherever a song plays in 4/4 rhythm, a shot almost cuts in one of the four beats.
- Is Griff (Jon Bernthal) dead?
- Jon Hamm and Eiza Gonzalez need their own film, so does Jamie Foxx’s Bats.
GRADE: 5.9 out of 6 Infinity Stones
I loved this movie; definitely you can see that it’s an Edgar Wright movie. When a film maker conjures up an original movie and executes it well, we need to celebrate it. I’m keen to watch it a few more times; it’s that good, you need to go out and watch it! You won’t be disappointed! The performances from the a-list line up, the music, the style, the drama and the action all mix to make one of the best films this year!