Edgar Wright’s newest installment Baby Driver is an incredibly entergetic, character-driven action/comedy film that is driven by its music just as much as its car chases and stylized action.
Baby Driver follows a highly talented getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Egort) who is tangled into a world of crime by the sinister Doc (Kevin Spacey). As Baby finally completes his last job, he falls in love with a waitress named Debora (Lily James). Unfortunately, Baby’s life of crime isn’t so easy to walk away from, forcing Baby to risk everything he loves to run away.
The cast of Baby Driver is incredible, and the collection of misfits and rogues that Baby interacts with are both dangerous and fun. From the Bonnie and Clyde-style bank robbers Buddy (Jon Hamm) and Darling (Eiza Gonzalez) to the absolutely menacing Bats (Jamie Foxx), the cast is full of over-the-top personalities in true Edgar Wright style.
Edgar Wright movies are known for their unique styles and are recognized for the unique shots and cuts, but this movie focused on multiple long takes that are synced to the movie’s soundtrack. Baby Driver is all about music, and Baby’s love for music, and that stylistic choice drives the movie. In each action sequence every bullet, car crash, maneuver, and turn is synchronized masterfully to the music that Baby uses as inspiration for his drives. It’s incredibly well done, and the music sequences consistently left me smiling.
The performances in the film are captivating, and the over-the-top characters are brought to life in superb fashion. Jamie Foxx’s Bats was a fan favorite, and while he was a menacing character that evoked dread, he consistently delivered many of the movie’s funniest lines. The action in Baby Driver is wonderful, but the comedy is also top-notch and most of the jokes landed well. My personal favorite included a Michael Myers gag that had the entire theater in stitches.
The story is incredibly engaging and heartfelt, and while the action sequences were engaging, I just as much enjoyed the small character moments that built up Baby and his world. Baby and Debora are easy to root for, and I found myself genuinely invested in the outcome of their story.
As for the negatives, there were a few character decisions that didn’t make complete sense towards the end of the film, but it wasn’t incredibly distracting. Despite the mild character inconsistencies, the story is carried along by Edgar Wright’s style and each actor’s strong performance.
Overall, Baby Driver was an excellent film that was carried by strong characters, excellent stylistic choices and visually-appealing action sequences. While the story was by-the-numbers, I would 100% recommend this film as one of my favorites of the summer.