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Baby Driver movie review: Strap on your seat-belts!

We didn’t really know what to expect when we walked into Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver. What we can tell you is that by the end of it, we were satisfied.

We hadn’t watched any trailers prior to watching Baby Driver. All we knew was that it had glowing reviews and a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. So of course, we had to go check it out for ourselves. *SPOILERS AHEAD*

Whoa, what?!

Just a few minutes into the movie and we knew this wasn’t going to be the kind of movie we were expecting. We were honestly expecting some kind of romantic-comedy. What we got instead was a high octane car chase that could put the likes of Fast and Furious to shame. What made the car-chase even more extraordinary was the music. The music is woven tightly into the chase; one would feel incomplete without the other. The music as it turns out is an integral part of the entire movie. Every important segment of the movie is paired with music that just feels just right for the situation. Baby Driver is basically a car-chase action thriller musical and a really enjoyable one at that.

Baby Driver review

Enter Baby (Yes, his name is Baby, B-A-B-Y), our protagonist, played by Ansel Elgort. He’s the getaway driver for Atlanta kingpin Doc, played by none other than Kevin Spacey. Baby’s been driving stick for Doc ever since he could “see over the top of the steering wheel”. Doc plans the heists and puts the crews together, and Baby is the getaway driver. His “lucky charm”.

You will immediately be able to tell that Baby does not fit into this world. The first thing you’ll notice is he’s always got earbuds popped into his ears. You’re listening to what he’s listening to for most of the movie. Fortunately, the dude’s got a pretty great playlist. Baby Driver’s soundtrack is easily one of its best features.

While not helping criminals get away from the law, Baby takes care of his adoptive father, spends time at the dinner where his mum used to work, and makes remixes. He uses recordings he takes during Doc’s heist planning sessions to make the said remixes. Bad idea, we know. It comes around to bite him in the ass towards of the end of the movie.

Origin story time

Baby suffers from Tinnitus, which is basically a constant ringing or drumming sound in his ears. He’s constantly got his earbuds plugged in to distract himself from the humdrum. The reason he suffers from Tinnitus is due to an accident which also caused the death of his parents. He was caught attempting to boost Doc’s car. Doc lets him off, well not really. Doc decides Baby will pay him off by being his getaway driver.

Baby Driver review

When it’s finally time for the last heist and Doc says the magic words, “we’re straight”, Baby thinks he’s finally done with that world. But we all know it’s never that easy. He’s sucked back in with a threat: “It’s either in a wheelchair or behind the wheel”.

While all of that is happening, there’s a romance blossoming in the background between Baby and Deborah (Lily James), a waitress who works at a diner he frequents. Baby doesn’t want her to have anything to do with his world and so does everything in his power to keep it that way. This, in turn, leads to an action filled ending segment where she ends up in his world anyway.

Stellar support cast

Throughout the movie, you’re introduced to an amazing supporting cast. You’ve got Jon Hamm and Eiza Gonzalez playing the heisting couple Buddy and Darling. The lovers just want to enjoy a good heist together and make enough dough to drown themselves in drugs. On the other end of the spectrum, you’ve got Jamie Foxx who’s more of the adrenaline junkie alpha-male types who’s in it only for the action. Then, of course, you’ve got Kevin Spacey as Doc dropping killer one-liners throughout the movie. And that’s just a few of them. It’s like Wright found just the right people for the right roles, they all just fit. SPOILERS END HERE

Verdict

There are times where you feel like you missed out on something or the movie skipped a beat and you can’t seem to make a connection, but the overall enjoyment more than makes up for those moments so you don’t even question them. Baby Driver is definitely worth a watch, especially if you’re into musical car-chases. Oh, you’re going to want to check out the OST once you’re done watching the movie.

Manish Rajesh

Manish Rajesh