Saturday, July 15, 2017

Baby Driver

Director: Edgar Wright
Writers: Edgar Wright
Stars: Ansel Elgort (Baby), Kevin Spacey (Doc), Jon Hamm (Buddy), Eiza González (Darling), Lily James (Debora)

Baby Driver is the latest film from director Edgar Wright, who is perhaps best known for his "Cornetto trilogy" films starring Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. This film takes on a decidedly less comedic turn, focusing instead on the action and soundtrack.

Ansel Elgort stars as the titular Baby, a young man who is a hell behind the wheel. He works as a getaway driver for a mob boss, Doc, and is in some mysterious debt to the man. He believes that he just needs to complete one last job to be rid of his life of crime and return to more noble pursuits (mostly, a pretty girl). Turns out, he's wrong and gets pulled in even deeper than he could have anticipated.

I really enjoyed this movie, far more than I thought I would. Yes, the action is good and the soundtrack is amazing, but I was also surprised, and impressed, by Elgort. There's always something smarmy and smug about him in interviews. When I first heard of the film, I dismissed it given he was the lead. The actor himself may still be a bit insufferable, but he's also pretty talented.

The real star, though, is the film's soundtrack. Music was used exceptionally well throughout the film and there was a great mix of genres and eras. Wright did a great of using an stupefying array of songs without any of them sounding misplaced in the action.

8/10, would totally see again!

Mini soundtrack:

Queen - "Brighton Rock"
The Commodores - "Easy"
Simon & Garfunkel - "Baby Driver"

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