BABY DRIVER (2017) Review
Directed by Edgar Wright
Writer and director Edgar Wright is one of those filmmakers that has a distinct way of telling a story. His latest, Baby Driver, is probably his best so far. Putting the fun in heist thrillers and imbuing it with music.
Baby Driver isn’t a complicated story as it focuses on the character of Ansel Elgort, Baby. Quite an unusual name for a guy but it sticks in you. As well as his peculiar characteristics on the screen but in real life, we can relate. You see Baby likes to listen to music, it calms him and does everything better while listening to it.
The film follows his story, trying to pay his dues to Doc (Kevin Spacey) and earn something for himself at the same time through robbing banks. As much as he doesn’t want to do it, he’s stuck with Doc but he then meets Deborah (Lily James). Which only gives him more reasons to stay away from the dangerous people he’s working with.
It’s a little cliched but it’s still valid, when Baby meets Deborah and realizes she’s the one, the urge of getting a better life increases. From afar, the film is familiar, unoriginal but with Baby’s distinct feature (associating everything with music) gives the film a new feel, a fresher take of the heist thriller genre.
Baby Driver is fun. It keeps everything upbeat and thrilling. Ansel Elgort proves he’s more than just a pretty face and is someone who can keep up with Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey. It’s a roller coaster ride of romance, suspense and action dipped in Edgar Wright’s exciting direction.
4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Baby Driver” is now showing in cinemas nationwide from Columbia Pictures. Rated R-13 by the MTRCB.