A young getaway driver tries to get out of the business, but
is pulled into doing a big heist that he knows is doomed to fail.
Baby Driver (2017)
Written and Directed by Edgar Wright
Starring Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm,
Jamie Foxx, Eiza González, Jon Bernthal, CJ Jones
Oscar Nominations - Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing,
Best Sound Editing
Baby Driver is writer/director Edgar Wright's explosive American debut that rejuvenates the long-dead action/heist subgenre while providing a solid summer hit. From its underground, unique soundtrack to its kick-ass performances, Baby Driver is an unforgettable work of genius from the man behind the Cornetto Trilogy. It's a film that goes in so many directions, but always ends up on the same road in the end.
Relative newcomer Ansel Elgort plays Baby, a talented driver who constantly listens to music to drown out the ringing in his ear. He's the best driver in the heist business, but he desperately wants out. When he meets charming Debora (Lily James), he realizes he can be happy. What follows is some of the most impressive stuntwork ever put to film, thanks to Wright's reliance on practical effects in place of CGI. Naturally, Baby's decision to leave antagonizes his boss Doc (Kevin Spacey), who organizes one big heist that seems to be cursed as everything that can go wrong does go wrong. From here, Jon Hamm steals the show as the unpredictable and psychotic Buddy, in a third act straight out of a horror film.
My only gripe with the film is that Jon Bernthal's role is reduced to little more than a glorified cameo. Maybe it's because he's one of my favorite actors, but I was hoping he'd have a bigger role. Apart from that, this film is just a great deal of summer fun. It's unpredictable, realistic, well-acted, and ultimately exciting. Baby Driver is easily one of the best films of the year so far and may just steal the summer movie crown away from either Marvel or DC.