Baby Driver: A Fun Story Suspended on Matchless Technique Enhanced by Stunning Execution
Movie Review by Trijai Nerthi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
After the 2013 feature film World’s End, Edgar Wright takes the directors seat yet again with the fun and stunning Baby Driver. The film is a result of Wright’s cinematic influences coming together in a mind-blowing balance of musical rhythm swirling in sync with well-paced screenplay. To be able to witness the magic unfold is quite a delightful experience to say the least.
Baby (Ansel Elgort), relies on his versatile playlist to sail him through life’s ups and down. He uses his extensive playlist to drown out the effects of severe Tinnitus caused by a car accident he was involved in as a child. To make life’s colors pop out more, he records conversation around him and mixes them into home-style songs to keep him company between odd jobs.
One of Baby’s regrettable moments in life is stealing from the criminal mastermind Doc, who forces him into illegal activities as a method to pay off his debts. In what he is told to be one last job, Baby drives the getaway car for an armored bank robbery involving Leon Bats Jefferson III, Eddie No-Nose and JD. Whether or not Baby earns his freedom by successfully paying off his debts determines the rest of the plot.
As a Musical, Thriller, Car Chase film, Baby Driver pulls people into its premise by selecting such an atypical genre. It further bedazzles you by delivering content and style that is worthy of such an uncommon genre. As with all of Edgar Wright films, this one too is covered and wrapped in his predominant artistic influences in life. But what remains stunning is the way the presentation and content complement each other remarkably without overpowering any particular aspect. Baby driver is one of those rare films that will give people from all walks of life a good time regardless of their expectations.
What is so special about this film? Well, it sways you by amplifying even the most mundane moments in Baby’s life through a fine selection of music. Even the task of him making his foster father a sandwich is beautifully presented through enlivening music. It further pushes boundaries when it combines its pop culture characteristics with speedy smartness all the while maintaining emotional rhythm.
Come to think of it, Baby Driver retains an old school charm lurking behind its contemporary car chases. That’s what transforms even simple sequences in the film into gloriously entertaining scenes. Now, don’t mistake its bedazzling style for a lack of sound content. Director Edgar Wright proves to be one of those rare directors who have the capabilities to deliver both. He makes you jump out of your seat as Baby drives under tremendous pressure all the while ensuring that you tap your feet to some exciting music. This is Wright’s way of showing franchises like The Fast and Furious how it is really done.
The film repeatedly reminds you of what a Quentin Tarantino meets Baz Luhrmann creation would look like. In one spectacular scene, Baby drives speedily as Bellbottoms, by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion plays in the background. This one scene alone will serve as a treat to your eyes, ears and your trembling heart.
After being a popular presence in the YA (Young Adult) section of Hollywood, Ansel Elgort breaks his typecast as he eases into the fictional skin of Baby. Sitting inside a plum-red colored automobile, you might easily undermine Baby, but thanks to Elgort’s effortless portrayal, Baby transforms himself into a sun glasses sporting, mean machine (along the likes of Channing Tatum). As Doc, Kevin Spacey demonstrates just the right amount of quirks. The rest of the cast pull off some astonishing performances as well.
The editing is on fire. Cinematography too is genuine without looking like a picture perfect advertisement. All aspects of the film come together beautifully in order to complement the script, this kind of technique and professionalism is what goes lacking these days.
On the whole, Baby Driver metamorphoses a simple plot into a grandeur film through its matchless style and story. This is a fun ride you should definitely take.