5/5* Siobhan Divers | Shiv’s Show
Dir: Edgar Wright
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eiza González, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal.
A well-made action-crime thriller with a great cast, stunning choreography and a spectacular soundtrack.
Despite being a crime-centered action film, Baby Driver combines elements of a number of genres including musicals, romance and comedy films. The narrative centers on getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) who has tinnitus so in order to drown out the ringing in his ears, he is constantly listening to music. After stealing the car of a criminal mastermind as a result of a traumatic childhood, Baby is forced to repay the debt he owes Doc (Kevin Spacey) by driving groups of robbers to and from each location.
The film can be commended for its originality in plot, cinematography and choreography as from walking sequences to gunshots, almost every action and image has been synced to sound in some way or other. In particular, one to highlight is a sequence which shows Baby doing a coffee run. The scene features the sounds of Bob and Earl’s Harlem Shuffle while the lyrics appear in front of and around Baby as he dances down the street. The soundtrack also links in to the narrative at times as Martha and the Vandellas song Nowhere to Run plays when Baby finds himself in a compromising situation. In terms of cinematography, the presence of vibrant colour also adds to the already spectacular soundtrack and unique storyline making the film one to remember.
In addition to its compelling storyline and excellent choreography, Baby Driver also delivers in terms of its cast. Made famous by teen-romance and all-round great film (and book) The Fault in Our Stars, Ansel Elgort shines as main character Baby however his performance is not the only one to note. Kevin Spacey has a number of great lines throughout including: ‘Don’t feed me any more lines from Monsters Inc…It pisses me off!’ while supporting cast Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm and Eiza González equally add to the film’s success and growing popularity.
An exhilarating film from start to finish, Baby Driver delivers humour, romance and tense action scenes and can be enjoyed by a wide audience of young people and adults alike. Fingers crossed the sequel is announced and confirmed soon!!!
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