When it comes to big block buster films, you often know what is coming and whether you are excited for it or not. This was not the case when I heard about Baby Driver. Baby Driver opened to fantastic reviews. For a while, it had a Rotten Tomatoes score of 100%, which now stands at 97%. This is still an amazing score. Needless to say, I really wanted to see this film. I feel like this year, films have pretty much been a bit meh, with some exceptions here and there (Wonder Woman!). So is Baby Driver as good as they say? Let’s go for a ride and see.
The film is about a guy named Baby (Ansel Elgort). Surprise, he is a driver. Baby suffers from tinnitus after an accident when he was a boy. For this reason, he always listens to music, especially when he’s on the job. Baby drives for a criminal named Doc (Kevin Spacey), making sure that his team of criminals get away safely after robbing banks. He’s the best driver around, but the only reason he does it is to repay a debt to Doc. When his debt is repaid, he swears he won’t take another job, especially since he meets a girl he falls in love with. But then Doc calls again, and Baby learns it is not that easy to walk away.
Before I talk about anything else, I want to mention the soundtrack. Which. Is. Amazing. The whole film is edited around the music Baby listens to, which is done in such a perfect way that my heart can’t take it. I also think it is a very clever concept. It could have easily gone wrong if they missed a beat or did not pick the right tracks. But fortunately that did not happen. The soundtrack is definitely one of the best things of this film, but not in a Suicide Squad kind of way. That film sucked, but this one reaches near perfection. Check out the soundtrack, if you are curious:
Baby, Baby, Baby
While it is needless to say that actors as Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx are great, I want to focus on the rest of the cast. Specifically Ansel Elgort as baby. I only knew him from The Fault in Our Stars (sad face) and Divergent. But while I loved him in the first one, I feel like this film really shows off his skills as an actor. He skillfully manages to go from tough-ass driver, to losing it completely, to adorably in love. Underneath the tough exterior in the scenes with the criminals, he is also shown to be very vulnerable. Many actors do one thing well but Ansel Elgort has got it all. I am excited to see what he comes up with next.
Lily James plays the perfect doe-eyed damsel. I loved the scenes between her character Debbie and Baby. Their romance was very believable, because these were two characters who have nothing left but find each other in the mess they are in. It’s a nice break from the car chasing action.
Eiza Gonzáles plays Darling, a bank-robber and former prostitute. I loved her character and the way she portrayed it. Also, Jon Hamm as Buddy is fantastic. Especially when you see his transition from the nice guy (as far as criminals go) to bat-shit crazy.
Why you have to go see this film
This is not your average summer block-buster. This film was not made merely to cater to audiences with lots of explosions and thin story-lines. Baby Driver is so well-written and so clever that it is truly a joy to watch. I also found that it wasn’t predictable at any point. Especially the twist at the end had me on the edge of my seat. Seriously, if you’re thinking about going to the theatre to see a film, do yourself a favour and go see Baby Driver. I promise you that you won’t regret it.