Baby Driver — Quick Review
Baby Driver is the latest movie from director Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead.) It focuses on the titular ‘Baby’ who drives getaway cars for boss Kevin Spacey.
The plot centres around Baby and his love for music and his ability to drive really quick.
Taking the ‘one last job’ storyline, this movie focuses around baby’s debt to Kevin Spacey and his growing love for waitress Deborah (Lily James — War & Peace, Cinderella.) As events spiral out of his control, Baby is forced to confront his demons to fight for his future life and love.
Music is a big part of Baby’s life and of this movie. From the opening scene to the very end, I don’t think there is a missed moment to cram in a song. The first quarter of the movie expertly connects music to the scene — the opening scene match the lyrics of ‘Harlem Shuffle’ with graffiti on the walls (“Yeah yeah yeah”), bullets fire to the beat of ‘Bellbottoms.’
As a huge movie and music lover, I would have expected this to be a match made in heaven, but there is almost too much music leaving little in the way of emotional character development.
It took me almost half the movie to actually care about Baby. So the first half had some amazing car chases and great choreographed heist scenes, you weren’t totally rooting for the characters.
Relative newcomer Ansel Egort looked the part but didn’t offer much character depth to hook into. (in fairness, it may have been the script/production not his acting.)
Kevin Spacey doesn’t get enough screen time to develop a character (this is no Frank Underwood) and the rest of the ‘goons’ (including Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm having a ball) were just there for plot development.
The soundtrack was stunning, but with so many tracks there wasn’t much time to dwell. One of the most poignant scenes was set to REM’s ‘New Orleans Instrumental’ or around 30 seconds of it, before we were off onto another track.
As the movie went on, I started to care for Baby and his love for Debora. The plot starts to twist around until a touching end but I was left thinking we could have had more emotion and connection much earlier on.
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This was a good popcorn movie, but not a great movie.
With over $100m at the box office, there is a chance my opinions are in the minority. When it comes out for home release I will definitely watch it again.