Edgar Wright returns to the director’s chair after his beloved Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy with a toe-tapping, armrest clutching, car chase caper with plenty of va va voom.
In a nutshell, Baby Driver could be described as La La Land meets Fast & Furious, with a slight hint of Grand Theft Auto.
Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a young, tinnitus suffering getaway driver who relies on his own personal soundtrack to perform car manoeuvres directly from a boy racer’s wet dream. He drives exclusively for crime kingpin Doc (Kevin Spacey), aiding the likes of mad man Buddy (Jon Hamm), Bats (Jamie Foxx), and Darling (Elza Gonzalez) during heists.
After meeting his very own Disney Princess, Debora (Lily James), who happens to remind him of his own mother, thus proving Sigmund Freud right with his Oedipus complex theory, Baby sees a chance to escape from the clutches of crime with a clean
brake break, albeit after “one more job”.
It’s quite apparent that Edgar Wright’s fuel tank overflows with originality, getting better and better with every press of the accelerator. The visually stylised car chase sequences are worth the price of a ticket alone, but it’s film’s narrative music collection that’s the suped up engine of the film, owning the cinematic road. A gunfight set to ‘Tequila’ is most memorable, with every shot and reload timed perfectly to match the beats of the song.
If this had been a silent film, I’m pretty sure audiences wouldn’t have noticed at all.
This was so close to being a potential five star flick, but in my opinion it would’ve benefited from having more time driving into Baby and Debora’s ‘0-100 in seconds fast lane romance’ other than their mutual love of the overpriced vinyl section in HMV, therefore being a match made in heaven.
Overall though, Baby Driver is a slice of fried cinematic gold, with one hell of an iTunes playlist, and possibly goes pedal to the metal in the coolest film of the year rankings. At a time when modern cinema is becoming polluted with the fumes of reboots, remakes, and those blasted superheroes, it’s a welcome breath of fresh air to see something different back on the big screen again.
Fasten your seatbelts, because it’s a highly entertaining ride! And please be responsible adults whilst driving home afterwards.
Rating: 4 out of 5 popcorns