Baby Driver Review

Baby Driver Review

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Review: ‘Baby Driver’

Edgar Wright delivers yet another kinetic sugar-rush, this time starring Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx and Lily James Dir/scr: Edgar Wright. US. 2017. 112mins Baby Driver is bursting with the razzle-dazzle that’s expected from writer-director Edgar Wright, but the film also finds him continuing to tinker with genres, cross-pollinating the crime-thriller with the action movie, the romantic drama and even the musical. You can enjoy it as a mixture of fun, which is also quite disposable. The soundtrack, which includes tasty pop, rock, R&B and R&B music, provides the film with its pulsebeat.

Baby Driver’s fantastic set pieces, and unexpected song selections will keep you singing along. This Sony release opened in the US on June 28. Those names may drive audiences to the theatre, and Wright’s fans will no doubt want to sample his first movie in four years and the first since he walked away from Ant-Man. Positive buzz and good reviews could make it a powerful counter-programmer among the series’ sequels and reboots.

Elgort is Baby, a brave, fearless Atlanta getaway car driver. Because of his tinnitus, he relies on an iPod for music. Baby works for Doc Spacey (a brutal crime boss), and longs to be free from the crime life. This desire is further exacerbated by his love for Debora, (Lily James).

Wright used Baby’s medical condition as an excuse to play a range of songs in the movie. This allows Wright to place us right inside Baby’s head listening to every song from Blur and Barry White to R.E.M. to Run The Jewels. The film is similar to Scott Pilgrim and the Jewels. The World features a joyous symphony composed by filmmakers. Music and images are interwoven, with specific action scenes being cut to fit the music.

Wright was used to mixing laughter with darker tones. But Wright created this film which is more serious and less funny than his other films. Baby guides Doc’s crew of henchmen safely away from heists through high-speed chases. Wright displays his impressive talent for creating propulsive and electric action sequences. While the characters deliver some witty quips, it’s clear that Baby has a fear of disturbing Doc or his dream of escape.

Baby Driver’s fantastic set pieces, and the unpredictability of his song selections keeps the story moving along. Wright’s plotting might not be quite so deft. The characters tend to be crime-thriller archetypes enlivened by their actors’ considerable presence. Spacey seamlessly brings a sense of menace and sophistication to Doc. Foxx continues hinting at Foxx’s disturbed, perhaps homicidal tendencies that simmer beneath his character as he is an associate of the crime boss. Baby’s story is established, but he feels the movie’s third hero. Elgort uses his childlike sincerity and baby face to market the cliche.

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If Baby Driver falters on occasion, slipping into a movie artificiality that feels divorced from real life, Elgort and James exude significant chemistry, convincing viewers that these potentially star-crossed lovers might find a way to get out of Atlanta and make a fresh start. Both of them are listening to the same song in Baby’s iPod and sharing an earbud. This isn’t just a case where they fall for each other but also bonding through a common passion for music. Wright film them sometimes as if it were a large-screen musical. Wright most clearly captured them during a scene at the laundromat where brightly-coloured clothes danced in front of them.

baby driver review

Baby Driver Review

Edgar Wright’s passion project is a delight to behold.

The following is an advance review, which contains no spoilers. This was published at SXSW. Baby Driver now plays in cinemas

Baby Driver’s very first scene is its best. One car pulls up at a bank. The three thieves climb out of the vehicle to start an heist. Driver is left behind with his iPod in and earbuds on. As the music plays through his headphones, the choreography for the heist as well as the subsequent escape of three bank robbers syncs to the songs. Baby, the driver (Ansel Elgort), controls the pace of the shootout and car chase. The car chase and shoot out are a joy to see, in a style unique to director Edgar Wright. It sets the scene for the action-musical thriller that ensues.

Edgar Wright’s latest film isn’t a musical per se, but what sets it apart from the ’90s action films that inspired it (the “holy trinity” of Point Break, Reservoir Dogs and Heat, as Wright called them) is how its soundtrack is integral to the filmgoing experience. Ryan Heffington was the choreographer of Sia’s “Chandelier” music videos and Netflix’s The OA. The soundtrack plays throughout the movie to Baby’s iPod. (It’s worth noting Wright first tried out this concept when he directed Mint Royale’s 2003 “Blue Song” music video Wright makes the smart to choice to ground Baby’s near-constant iPod-listening in reality: Baby listens to music because he suffers from tinnitus. This film’s focus is to maintain the stylized style and glossiness, not to lose sight of the gritty. Because of that, every scene is thrilling to behold, from the many car chases — Baby is an excellent driver, after all — to him getting coffee for the crew. Wright’s choice to make the soundtrack more than a backdrop to the movie increases the intensity of the film from start to finish.

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Jon Hamm (Baby Driver), Jamie Foxx, Elza Gonz, and Jamie Foxx

Baby Driver follows a straight-forward heist story. Baby works as an assistant for Doc (Kevin Spacey), and he owes Doc a debt. When the talented driver meets Deborah (Lily James), he is about to pay off his debt. He falls for her and realizes that she can live the life he dreams of. Doc doesn’t want to lose Baby, a talented young driver, so he brings her on as a last-minute job alongside several other criminals, including Jamie Foxx, Elza Gonzales, and Jon Hamm. The situation quickly spirals out of control.

Wright’s unique world is made special by the little details he adds to it. Baby, an orphan, takes care of his father CJ Jones who plays deaf comedian CJ. This relationship gives the film a lot heart and adds high stakes. Elgort’s background in musical theater and dance gives him a smooth grace while he moves throughout the film. He channels classic movie star charm but with rock star confidence. The soundtrack, which Wright composed in a thumping instrumental background featuring everything from Queen to Blur through Young MCs to T. Rex and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is bound to gain a cult-follow. How about the cars? Wright’s care and attention to this feature makes it special. This is Wright’s first feature since 2013. It’s based upon an idea he’s held on since 1994.

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Comes with 8 plates Up to 44 pounds each Rotating handle for weight change Starting as a revamped remake of the video Wright made for Mint Royale’s “Blue Song” before tearing into a feverish car chase, the opening sequence is the movie’s first big set piece. Wright can seem to erase the boundaries between “on”, “off”, moments. Baby Driver features everything from rubber-on roads action to explanatory conversations. Wright’s wall to-wall party mix is similarly eclectic. It blurs all lines. Wright finds equalitarian kinship with disparate FM stations like a Girl Talk album. The Commodores ‘Easy’ sound lively and vital again as he sets a chaotic escape with The Damned’s “Neat Neat Neat.” Wright is able to turn the hits into metronomes to create sequences that will burn into your mind. He syncs his steel trap editing to each track’s tempo.

Drive may be the most familiar movie. But this is often compared to the brighter B side, which answers that dark film’s Los Angeles melancholy. With a more cheerful, violent story about a driver with an insatiable love for pop, it’s possible to think of Drive as a happier version of Drive. Baby Driver, in all its movie-drunk-showmanship, is also a spiritual cousin to La La Land. This begins with an early scene where Elgort walks through A-Town and pops into a cafe, propelled only by the magic that flows in his ears. Watching his moves, one wonders what an Oscar-winning show would look with a star that could hoof. Baby, really a child of the streets, has dreams of being a DJ, and is in debt. But he falls for Debora (a glowing Lily James), a friendly waitress who he first meets at his deserted diner. Their first date is at the laundromat. The clothes dry in a color-coded blur like background dancers. They quickly make friends by sharing their favorite songs.

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Each character onscreen is an archetype. With names such as Buddy, Darling, or Bats the villains can be described as criminals. Baby gets sucked into a hazardous job with unstable partners in the second half of the film. These scenes are filled with tension and knotty conversations, which recall Wright’s friend in film geek appropriation Quentin Tarantino. But these scenes still have their own style and flair, their own personalities, due to the offbeat dialog and how the actors modify their menace. Spacey is doing a bizarre mixture of paternal love and cold-blooded calculation. Jamie Foxx seems to downplay homicidal insanity. Jon Hamm suggests (then releases), that there’s an abundance of murderous rage below his strung-out-junkie calm. Wright shares with Tarantino an affinity for offhand delights; he’ll stop his movie cold to let two characters sit and listen to a Queen song. Baby Driver can be the QT-indebted gabfest who approaches the true cool.

What the film lacks is the sharp, multi-dimensional characterizations of Wright’s work with Simon Pegg, the so-called Cornetto Trilogy. It’s closer in spirit (though not zany comic tone) to his Scott Pilgrim Vs. Similar to Scott Pilgrim Vs, The World also provided an endless daisy chain full of musically evocative and formally creative moments. It was wrapped around a mostly abstract love story. Baby insisted that the song be rewritten at one point. He was holding up a heist to prove his point. Unlike Dominic Toretto who runs a quarter of a mile, the cuddlier speed demon runs in verses-chorus-verses. Timing everything according to his mind, he lives life in cuddlier verse-chorus-verse increments. Although he isn’t the most interesting character, he can reflect the enthusiasm and style of the technical wizard behind the camera. Wright like Baby just wants to hear the music. Wright makes it possible for us to feel the music, with one amazing pleasure after another.

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