I am not a big fan of bank heist type films, and normally, I wouldn’t go to the movies to see this, but the trailer for Baby Driver made me curious. I still had no plans to go see it, but I thought I would check it out on television when it came out there. However, I had a number of people tell me how good the film was, so I decided to see for myself.
Boy I am I glad I went to see this film! Baby Driver has become an instant classic film for me and is definitely the best bank heist film I have ever seen. The outstanding driving stunt work, and use of music to punctuate, every movement, action scene, story beat and character interaction was highly creative and helped immerse me into the film. The use of music to drive the story and character was reminiscent of the original Guardians of the Galaxy and it enhanced the story of Baby more than anything. Speaking of which, the story of Baby Driver is pretty straightforward, in that a young man named Baby, performed by Ansel Elgort, is an excessively skilled getaway driver, who drives getaway vehicles for bank robbers. His goal is to pay of a debt, and then drive off into the sunset with a new young lady, Deborah, played by Lily James, that he met in his favorite diner. A simple enough premise, which has been done a thousand times, but the nuances, and fleshing out of who Baby by showing us his love of music and how it influences all of his actions, and behaviors is a unique perspective that makes this tale seem refreshing and new. Just like his partners in crime, Baby’s obsession with music, makes you wonder if he is autistic, which is brought up a number of times in the movie. What also makes Baby Driver so interesting, is his budding relationship with Deborah although there is very little said between them, their connection and chemistry just feels right. You feel yourself pulling for them from the time that they meet each other. I also found Baby’s fellow co-conspirators in the heists to be interesting. Doc played by Kevin Spacey, is the organizer and mentor to Baby who is all about business and professionalism, Bats, played by Jamie Foxx, is a murderous take no prisoners style gangster, and there is a married, but ruthless couple named Buddy and Darling who are acted out by Jon Hamm and Eiza Gonzalez who seem friendly and understanding, until you cross them. Each one these villains are memorable and the route that the director takes them on their journey is not what I expected.
I still can’t get over how exciting and enjoyable the music and action scenes were, and how well they blended everything together. There is one scene, when Buddy and Darling are involved in a shootout, and each belch of their weapons are punctuated by a beat from the song that was playing. The whole movie was like that. This film although violent, is a work of art. I just wanted to say that for some reason, and it is probably because of his jacket, the character of Baby kept reminding me of a young Han Solo. Anyway, this is a must see film.