Baby Driver

Baby Driver

Baby Driver

2017. Written & Directed by Edgar Wright 2017

By Brian Wallinger 

This newly released summer picture is a film that starts from zero and goes to sixty and beyond from start to finish and cruises swiftly into the fast lane with style. It is a well crafted film, making excellent use of it's choreography capturing the high octane action and suspense while paying homage to several other films of its kind such as Walter Hill's The Driver and Refn's 2011 hit film Drive, and even films such as Bonnie and Clyde.

A young teenager by the name of "Baby" finds himself at the mercy of a shady crime figure played with charismatic ease by method actor Kevin Spacey, forcing him to be the getaway driver for every heist that he himself conjures up along with his crew made up of Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Eiza Gonzales. Actress Lily James plays a love interest to "Baby" who is played by Ansel Elgort.

The film is a smartly crafted experience, creating witty and unique characters.  It functions on a perfect run time and makes an effort to find as much depth for the progression of its story as possible. Though it does not come without flaws, and I found certain moments to be a little flat, weak, and predictable.

Edgar Wright proves that he is capable of working beyond the comfort level of comedy to which he is moderately known for. Baby Driver also boasts an impressive soundtrack and makes time for comic relief in between the action set pieces. Overall the film proves to be one of the better offerings of the summer, if not one of the best films of the year. Providing some solid B level action and bringing some of the most well shot car chases since French Connection, this is not to be missed.

☆☆☆ 1/2

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