Let’s put it this way, BABY DRIVER is the only movie that I have seen (in theaters) twice this year. Edgar Wright’s newest, BABY (see what I did there?), is a high-speed joyride with a soundtrack that’s sure to keep you cruising well after the end credits have peeled out. Wright’s script is killer and his command is top-notch serving us first-class car chases that got me more hype than any Fast & Furious film ever has.
Ansel Elgort is magnetic as Baby, a getaway driver with tinnitus who drowns out the humming with a pair of earbuds, an ipod, and a playlist that moves our hero and the entire film. For those older than say 35, you might not be familiar with Elgort who has previously starred in a slew of young adult features (The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent series). Well, consider yourself introduced. Ansel, this is the world. The world, this is Ansel. I think Baby Driver has certainly created a new star, beyond the realm of YA.
The supporting cast ain’t half bad, either. One of my personal favorites, Kevin Spacey, plays heist leader/mastermind Doc with a perfected deadpan delivery. Baby is the only constant in Doc’s rotating roster of robbers due to a hefty debt for a past transgression. Having successfully completed so many jobs, Doc’s of the mind that Baby is his lucky charm and has no intention of granting him freedom. Jon Hamm, Eiza González, Jon Bernthal, and Jamie Foxx round out the rest of the deliciously devious crew. Foxx gives a particularly memorable performance as Bats, a dangerous criminal with a thirst for money AND blood. Lily James is sweet as Debora, Baby’s love interest and his main motivation for leaving this life of crime in the dust.
BABY DRIVER has something for everyone. Fast cars, hot tracks, romance, guns, girls, guys, and more. I know it’s cliche, but THIS REALLY IS THE MOST FUN YOU’LL HAVE AT THE MOVIES THIS SUMMER. It’s a cinematic dream and one that puts you right in the drivers seat. Go see this movie in theaters right now.
Film: Baby Driver
Runtime: 113 mins
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx
Director: Edgar Wright
Ry View: Highly RYcommended