June 28, 2017

What is better than a pedal to the metal epic getaway chase to kick a movie into high gear? Nothing! And the first five minutes of "Baby Driver" are exactly the pure movie magic any movie lover would enjoy and sets a tone for the next two hours.

It opens with a Bang as Baby (Ansel Elgort) turns his iPod on and plays "Bellbottoms" by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, this action/comedy film sets its tone and puts peddal to the floor and doesn't let up. Director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) in his first solo writing project knows how to craft an entertaining & exciting story with a lot of the fixtures you have come to love from any of his previous films with quick edits, pacing and using every inch of the set pieces to tell the story. Even when nothing is happening something is happening in this movie from making a sandwich or watching T.V. with your foster dad.

Baby a talented, young getaway driver who relies on his trusty iPod soundtracks to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Jon Bernthal & Eiza Gonzalez round out this cast of criminals who are all menacing but charming in their own ways. Kevin Spacey brings us a different form of his Frank Underwood character but delivers one of his best big screen performances since the 90s. Lily James is the only under used character as Debora the damsal in distress that helps drive Baby's motivation. But when James and Ansel are together on screen their chemistry as the young couple is pure magic. It speaks volumes to the script and the way that Edgar Wright works with actors.

You watch the events of "Baby Driver" unfold through the never ending iPod collection of Baby. The music is key to this movie like Guardians of the Galaxy with each song being hand picked for a specific reason. Wright is able to match up the action to the beats of the songs and even when gun shots are ringing out they are playing as extra elements to sync and enhance the music. Wright is also a master of not telling you too much. He spends time explaining to us why Baby has the iPods but never explains his love for cassette tapes or his reasoning behind his driving skills. But we don't need to know these things as an audience and these days a lot of films get bogged down by trying to explain every detail.

"Baby Driver" is a rush of a movie. I give this film 4.5 out of 5 meatballs and suggest that you should get an Uber or Lyft to the theater because the temptation to drive recklessly after seeing this film will increase.


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