Review: Baby Driver (No Spoilers)

By Angel

Movie Description: “After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.”

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Experience 

When it comes to director Edgar Wright, TAKE MY MONEY! I will watch anything this amazing storyteller has to offer because he brings so much personality and style to his films, such as Shaun Of The Dead or Scott Pilgrim vs The World, that allows him to excellently blend genres in a uniquely refreshing way. When I saw the trailer for this I knew I wanted to see it immediately as I was expecting awesome car chase sequences accompanied by a wicked soundtrack. Let’s get started 🙂

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Story

A movie literally driven by music! I was hooked in this narrative as soon as Baby Driver was introduced in the opening shot with the criminals he was helping. The main character is an awesome driver and is moved through the sound of his songs, both figuratively and physically. It was absolutely brilliant how Edgar Wright managed to choreograph and direct the scenes while simultaneously matching the beat of the soundtrack. The spirit of this movie expressed through the music and perfect editing is what made it so lively, so fun, and original! The high speed pursuits were my favorite parts of this film because they were exhilarating. The conflict that this pure hearted getaway driver had to face every time behind the wheel against the cops is “edge of your seat” entertainment at it’s finest.

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I thought the main conflict between characters in the third act was executed great, it just wasn’t a direction I loved. I completely understood the wants/needs of the protagonists and antagonists which made them captivating to watch as they all shared hilarious dialogue with their interactions. The romance didn’t work for me completely as it felt like it dragged the pacing of the movie. This was a crazy ride for the main character as his journey through the movie was to find a way to leave the criminal world behind without negative repercussions and as a viewer I felt immersed due to the consistent tension.

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Performances

Jamie Foxx delivered the best performance as he convinced me with his character that he was unpredictable, psychotic, intimidating, and funny.

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Ansel Elgort did a great job carrying this movie. It was important to establish the innocence of his character and he nailed that. The musical soul and movement from his performance was authentic and made me feel happy to be around his character. There were some moments where I could tell he was acting, but it didn’t hurt his overall screen time.

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It’s not easy to just show up and act in this movie. I’m sure with the way Baby Driver was shot and edited, the actors had to train to be rhythmically precise with their movements along to the music being incorporated. Every actor fit perfectly in this musical and wild realm Edgar Wright created.

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Cinematography 

To me, great cinematography is when the visuals are contributing to the storytelling. A film should SHOW us what’s going on rather than tell us. When it comes to analyzing cinematography, simply, I ask myself, “Was this film nice to look at?” Then I can choose to get in depth and look for whether colors were symbolic, placement of characters in the frame, composition, lighting, shadows, and point of view.

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Was Baby Driver a nice film to look at…..ABSOLUTELY! The stunts are mostly done with camera work and they way it looked on the big screen is all thanks to the cinematographer Bill Pope. There was a sensational feeling of urgency within each shot and it felt dazzling at the same time. I love the way the colors popped and how well the cinematography served the characters.

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Music 

“Time to face the music!” This movie has a killer soundtrack and is used in such a genius way.

Themes

The lesson I got from Baby Driver is to be driven by my goals and focus on achieving those goals no matter what. There was a great line in the film that went something like this, “We all want happiness and try to avoid pain, but you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain.” That statement resonated with me because it emphasized the reality of true success whether it’s obtained financially, physically, mentally, or emotionally. This lesson discourages the desire to quit when things get tough in the process of trying to get what we want as individuals. Struggle is okay because struggle makes us stronger.

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Overall

Baby Driver has it all: action, romance, laughs, style, music, message, color, and characters! This was a really cool movie that needs to be seen and supported on the big screen by everyone. Buckle up for this one and enjoy! My rating for this movie is 8.5/10 🙂

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Grade: B+

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