So this weekend I re-watched Baby Driver and I think I loved it even better than the first time. This time I was really able to pay attention to the music, easter eggs, and mise-en-scene in general. For example when Baby, played by Ansel Elgort, is walking to the coffee shop, he is listening to the song “Harlem Shuffle,” and during his walk we see lyrics of the song graffitied onto different poles and buildings behind Baby. Music is absolutely vital to this film as it captures not only the character’s mood at certain points, but it also heightens the stakes or captures the atmosphere in which the characters are in.
The story revolves around Baby, a young get-away driver who has ringing in one of his ears, called tinnitus, that he must listen to music at all times in order to drown it out and also works for Doc, played by Kevin Spacey, who runs a underground criminal organization. There he meets various criminals, most noticeably are Bats, played by Jaime Foxx, Buddy, played by Jon Hamm, and Darling, played by Eliza Gonzalez. Baby wants out of the business and he meets Debora, played by Lily James, and falls in love with her. When Baby, Bats, Buddy, and Darling are paired to do a heist together things fall apart fairly quickly leaving Baby doing all that he can to protect those that he loves and escape the law.
The stunts in Baby Driver are absolutely bonkers and it’s kind of amazing how you can believe that this 23 year old kid is probably the best driver in the world. My favorite stunts has to be that first car-chase and the foot-chase sequence that happens later in the film. I’m a big fan of Edgar Wright, the director, and while I haven’t seen all of his films, I have to say Baby Driver might be the best directed film he has done and may be my favorite film of his.
Baby Driver is not perfect though, I think my main gripe with the film has to be that it has multiple endings with Jon Hamm’s character. I think it’s also odd that Debora, who at first is unaware of Baby’s criminal affiliation, is sucked into that world and just goes along with it, she never questions Baby about it. And this is such a minor nit-pick but I always hate it in movies where the characters stop in a diner or restaurant to get something to eat, they end up having a 2 minute conversation there, have no food, and then promptly leave – and that happens in this movie. Overall though, Baby Driver is such a great, original movie and I know that I was very happy with it’s box office earnings since Edgar Wright films before this never really got the box office they deserved.
I give this movie an A-