Watching Baby Driver is like being on a roller coaster – it’s fast, exciting and will have you on the edge of your seat. It completely blew me away! The very moment it ended, one word came to mind – sensational! Director Edgar Wright really knocked it out of the park with this one. From the phenomenal soundtrack, to the perfectly placed humor, Baby Driver is practically impossible to dislike. I know that’s bold, but I’m telling you, in a year that brought us the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Logan, Baby Driver is one of the best movies of 2017 – hands down.
Without giving too much away, the movie is about a young man named Baby, played by Ansel Elgort, who’s a getaway driver for a team of bank robbers (The title makes sense now, right?). When Baby meets a girl, played by Lily James, all he wants is to leave the life of crime, win her heart, hit the road and never turn back. I know this may sound like your typical love story, but it’s so much more than that. Elgort plays the quiet and mysterious role to a tee, delivering what I consider to be a truly transformative performance. While I do think it had a lot to do with how well the story was written, I have to give credit where credit is due – he absolutely killed it! And just for a second, imagine what it must have felt like to be the lead in a movie that also stars the likes Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey. To steal a term being tossed around in the NBA right now, Baby Driver’s cast is what we call a ‘Super-team’!
Which brings me to Lily James, an actresses, like Elgort, whose performance deserves a lot of praise. Her primary role was to be the love interest of Baby, but James took it up a notch, bringing a sense of warmth to a film that, at its roots, is otherwise cold and dark. James’ chemistry with Elgort was one of most believable romances I’ve seen in years. Something the two young actors should be extremely proud of, a connection like that can be difficult to achieve. You’d think the two were actually dating.
I think it’s safe to say that after the success of Baby Driver, Wright will have no trouble getting the green light on any project he wants moving forward. If he hadn’t already proven that with movies like Scott Pilgrim vs the World and Shaun of the Dead, Wright shows that he is fully capable of providing moviegoers with something that we’ve been desperately missing – originality. In an industry driven by money, reboots and sequels, Baby Driver is a refreshing break from all the basic crap. It’s an action film that uses its soundtrack to deliver a story that is both beautiful and entertaining.