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Baby Driver is directed by Edgar Wright, and it stars Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, and Lily James. It tells the story of Baby, a getaway driver for a gang of bank robbers. He's constantly listening to music because it drowns out a constant ringing he has in his ear, and it helps him focus which is why he's such a good driver. When he falls in love with a waitress, he decides it's time for him to be done working with criminals, which as you'd expect, is easier said than done.
Baby Driver is the latest film from Edgar Wright, who has made quite a name for himself as a director. He's directed the likes of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim vs the World, all of which are highly stylized and have an almost sarcastic comedic tone to them. Baby Driver changes it up a bit. The tone of this film is more personal, but it still keeps that fun Edgar Wright style that we've all come to love.
Baby Driver, in my opinion, isn't just one of the best films of the year, it might just be Edgar Wright's best film yet. He brought something to this film that we've never really seen from him before, a touch of realism and emotion. Baby Driver had a very personal feel to it. Watching this film felt like we were watching Wright's creative train of thought unfold live on the screen. Wright's directing with this film makes it what it is, and incredibly fun time at the theater. Baby Driver is unique, well-paced, and it may even move you at times.
The soundtrack in this film was a vital element of it. All of the heist and action scenes move to the beat of the music. Which, on paper, sounds ridiculous, but it fit the tone of the film extremely well and served to amp up the incredible amounts of fun in this film. The soundtrack in the film is almost always playing. Save for a few moments, the film is constantly playing music. Which also, on paper, sounds absurd, but Edgar Wright makes it work astonishingly well. I found myself tapping my foot along to the soundtrack several times throughout this film. The soundtrack was infused in the DNA of this film, and at times, it even becomes central to the plot. If the soundtrack was only decent, this film wouldn't have worked nearly as well as it did. Thankfully though, it's stellar, and I'm fully expecting to be listening to it frequently from here on out.
The plot in the film was simple, but it worked well for what the movie was. It's nothing crazy new. A kid wants out of a bad situation so he can be with a girl. You've seen that before, but never like this. In Baby Driver, this old premise feels completely fresh and original. Baby Driver is unlike any film you've seen before. Films like this are why people go to the movies. Baby Driver has everything you want. It's a great summer film, it's not overly complicated, it features catchy music, fun characters, and a solid tone that brought the entire thing together.
The cast in the film gave wonderful performances across the board. The standout performance undoubtedly came from the lead, Ansel Elgort. He brought such a sense of personality to the character of Baby, despite that character being naturally quiet. He doesn't talk a whole lot, but he was able to convey vast amounts of emotion in a glance, and the dialogue he did have he delivered extremely well. The rest of the cast fit their roles really well. Kevin Spacey really brought his A-game in this movie, and he owned the screen every time he was on it. Lily James didn't have a whole lot to do in the film, but she gave a good performance when she could. Jon Hamm really showcases his talent in this film. He's already a well-known actor, but I think this film could take him to a whole new level.
The best thing about this film, by far, is Edgar Wright's style. Edgar Wright has a unique style of film editing. He often uses quick cuts and fading shots, but he uses them in new and creative ways. It's impossible to accurately describe Wright's style. It's so nuanced, and it brings a sense of subtle intensity to Baby Driver, and that's what makes it so great. Edgar Wright films are unlike any other films, and this one is no exception to that.
Baby Driver is unquestionably one of my favorite films of the year so far. Where it will actually fall on that list is yet to be seen, but I'll definitely be seeing it several more times. Even though the film has an all-star cast that gives great performances, the real star here is Edgar Wright. His style and sense of personality made Baby Driver what it was, a truly fantastic film that embodies everything that is the movie going experience. Please, see this movie. It's original films like this that keep the spirit of filmmaking alive.
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