Director: Edgar Wright
Screenplay: Edgar Wright
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eiza Gonzalez, Jon Hamm,
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Running Time: 113 minutes (1 hr & 52 min)
Release Date: June 28, 2017 (USA)
Synopsis: Talented getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After meeting the woman (Lily James) of his dreams, he sees a chance to ditch his shady lifestyle and make a clean break. Coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), Baby must face the music as a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
To be honest, I wasn’t really planning on seeing this movie on the big screen despite the numerous positive reviews I’ve read on the internet. Rotten Tomatoes gave this film a score of 95% and labelled it as ‘Certified Fresh’. IMDb gave it a 8.2/10 while Metacritic gave it a rating of 86%.
The first reason why I decided to skip this one out once it hit theaters in my country is because I’m
kinda short. I’m an eighteen year old girl who basically threw all my money on Wonder Woman movie tickets, Wonder Woman shirt, SpiderMan Homecoming movie ticket, art materials, fandom stickers and merch and Papemelroti products during the first half of my summer and now I’m left with little amount of cash. Second, I’m not really a big fan of the ‘crime‘ movie genre and would rather save up for movies like ‘Justice League’ this coming November. But hey, I won three movie invites to Jack TV’s Special Screening of Baby Driver and who couldn’t say no to that?
I am so glad I didn’t let this opportunity pass because Baby Driver is one hell of adrenaline pumping movie at the same time it has room for fun, humor and compassion. Baby always has earbuds glued to his ears and listens to
sick ass awesome playlists stored in his iPod collection (he has plenty of iPods, each with a different kind of playlist; one for each mood, as what Baby said) to tune out the constant ringing in his ears caused by acute tinnitus after being on an accident when he was still a kid resulting for the death of his parents. Now, he is a getaway driver for Doc after accidentally being in debt for the said criminal kingpin. Like any other protagonist who got involved in the criminal world, sooner or later they want ‘out’. In Baby’s case, he’s longing for the day when his debt would be done so he can finally bid the criminal world goodbye. Just as he thought he’s finally free, his boss includes him for one big heist and he has no choice but to go on, which is bad timing because he just met a cute diner waitress–the girl of his dreams, Debbie, whom he wants to go West with in a car they can’t afford and a plan they don’t have. Now, he got her and his foster-father involved in this heist.
With a tragic childhood and one messed up job, you’d think that his heart is stone cold but no–my heart melted after seeing that Baby is taking care of his deaf and strained foster parent and vows to make him safe from the dangers of his illegal job, and when his nightmare did happen, gods, I feel the guilt that Baby felt in the movie. The sacrifice that he did to keep his foster dad from more danger and to give him best chance was absolutely heartbreaking.
I loved Lily James during the live-action remake of Disney’s Cinderella back in 2015 and I even loved her more after seeing her play the role of Debora, a sweet and friendly music-loving diner waitress. Ansel and Lily’s chemistry is one aspect that made this movie great.
Eiza Gonzales is one hot and bad ass thief. I did like her character, Darling, she’s so fierce and can fire two guns at the same time while still looking fresh. Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Eiza Gonzales and Jon Bernthal make one hell of a team of thieves. I just wished we could have seen more of Jon instead of just having a short amount of screen time.
The soundtrack for this film alone makes this movie awesome but what makes it ten times better is how carefully they all fit in each and every scene. It’s like they’re carefully crafted and thought of. All the scenes are perfectly melded with the beats of the music. Who would have thought that the song ‘Tequila’ would be a perfect background music for a violent shooting rage of two parties? Music is a key part in this film and the playlists from Baby’s iPod collection are so diverse it’s surprising and amazing.
The car & foot chases, the gun fires and driving stunts from the beginning of the movie until the last few scenes will have your heart racing to the beat of the music in Baby’s selection of songs and keep you at the edge of your seat.
This movie is great, sure this film is not for everyone but people who isn’t a big fan of this kind of movie will find something special to love about this film.