Baby Driver (2017)
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Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eiza Gonzalez, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Jon Bernthal
Language: Mostly Music, sometimes English
Baby Driver is a beautiful assortment of scenes where every piece of action is choreographed to the music being
played in the background. The whole movie can be taken as a collection of soundtracks and all the
scenes start and end precisely with the song which has been carefully selected to set the mood for the
scene. All the sounds- from opening a door to a foot tapping to a gunshot contribute to the beats of the
Baby Driver is about a getaway driver called Baby (Ansel Elgort) who works for the kingpin Doc (Kevin
Spacey) because he owes him money. Baby had an accident when he was young and suffers from
tinnitus due to it. To drown out the noise he listens to music which eventually becomes his world. He
views the world through his music and all his actions and moods have a song. Ansel Elgort has given a
memorable performance: he is smooth whether behind the wheels or picking up a girl. If Ansel was a
British actor, he could easily stake claim to become James Bond in next few years.
Baby is promised the last heist and he sees a future beyond crime when he meets Debora, a waitress
who sings his name. But as we all know the last heist is just a myth. It’s a little stereotypical there, when
you know that you really can’t get out.
The supporting cast consists of Buddy (Jon Hamm) who is an ex wall street guy and his girlfriend Darling
(Eiza Gonzales) who is all nail polish and chewing gum but a badass when she wields a gun. Both are
either shooting or smooching for the entire duration of the film. This movie will kick start Eiza Gonzales’s
career and we can expect great things. And then there is Bats (Jamie Foxx) who is a mean machine and
is always threatening to derail Baby’s dream escape. Kevin Spacey plans all the heists and though he
isn’t willing to give Baby the pink slip, he is still like a father figure and looks after him.
A special mention to the shootout scene, where there is assortment of gun shots methodically
choreographed to the song “Tequila” by “The Champs”. This scene itself is enough to catapult Edgar
Wright to legendary status.
Baby Driver the character and the movie is one of a kind and probably one of the best movies of the
year. It’s a joyride and a must watch.