Baby Driver (2017)
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Eiza González, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Lily James
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Written by: Edgar Wright
Rating: R Running Time: 1 hr 53 min.
Okay, let me get the negative stuff out of the way first. I thought the final moments of Baby Driver were a little protracted. That’s it. Baby Driver snaps its fingers and taps its feet to a different beat, so I was a little disappointed that the last few minutes of the film were spent tying up loose ends. A snappier more ambiguous finale would have served the film better, in my humble opinion.
Other than that, I loved Baby Driver. From frame one until three minutes before the credits rolled, I had a blast with this film. It shimmies and shakes with the best movies in the heist genre. The dialogue is snappy and the music selection superb. The cast is game for the well-timed mayhem, and the chemistry between Baby (Ansel Elgort) and Debora (Lily James) anchors the film perfectly.
I also really appreciated the lack of in-your-face product placement in this. More specifically, I was happy to see multiple brands of cars used in the well-arranged action. I realize that might be a silly thing to point out, but for me, blatant product placement ruins movies. It insults the audience (like we’re not going to notice it) and detracts from the movie going experience. The ever-present studio, hand-in-hand with lobbying brands, not so subtly trying to influence us. I was happy to see writer/director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) not playing that game, while he adds another unique quality title to his impressive body of work.
Expect a loud action-packed film, that rocks to a variety of musical beats. Baby Driver is rated R so expect some bloody violence and raw language.
I loved the scene in the laundromat as Baby and Debora get to know each other. The camera flirts with the characters as they flirt with each other. It’s an incredibly efficient scene that establishes chemistry and yet doesn’t interrupt the superb pace of the film.