Film Review: Baby Driver

Lynn Cheikh Moussa
Associate Editor

Action-packed, thrilling, and absolutely fun to watch, “Baby Driver” hits the big screen to bring you two hours of sheer enjoyment.

“Baby Driver” is the story of getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort from “The Fault in Our Stars”), who works for criminal mastermind Doc (Kevin Spacey of “House of Cards”).

Doc and Baby’s relationship begins when a young Baby is caught trying to steal Doc’s car, and upon Doc’s threats, decides to return to Doc every cent he stole. In order to do so, Baby acts as the getaway driver for Doc’s ever-changing gang of thieves.

At the time the movie is set, Baby “orchestrates his life according to his own soundtrack” and has just repaid Doc his debt. While he seeks to start a new chapter in his life, things do not prove to be so easy. This sets the scene for a wonderful mix of cars, action, old-school Hollywood, music and brilliant characters (thanks to its all-star cast).

Director Edgar Wright, who may sound familiar for his infamous film “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World”, makes sure to provide an enticing thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. With the “Fast and Furious” franchise almost dominating this category of film, and indeed failing to own up to its reputation, it’s a breath of fresh air to see such a film on the big screen.

It gives you everything it should: A fast-paced storyline, beautiful color scheme, thrilling camera angles and movement and an all-star cast that delivers only the best performances.

Wright ensures that every character is carefully tailored, ensuring that each will leave an impression on the audience. Character development is one of Wright’s most definite skills, as observed previously in the ultimate classic, “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”. Indeed, they all bring something to the table, only amplifying the thrill of it all.

It would be remiss not to mention the beautiful addition of music to the film, with a killer soundtrack that rightly does the film’s plot justice. It is important to note here that the soundtrack is not made to be mere background noise, but rather helps drive the movie forward (pun intended). The reason behind this is that Baby has a constant ringing in his ears which he developed after a severe car crash that took the life of both his parents, and he blurs the sound out by listening to music.

Yet as enjoyable as this film is, it does fall short in some aspects. To begin, although each character is distinctly fashioned, the only real character development we observe is that of Baby. The stories of the remaining characters are not explored as deeply, which is a shame considering Wright made sure each left an impression on the film. As disappointing as this may seem, it’s no stranger to those who have seen Wright’s films.

Character development is not the only thing Wright fails at. The real shocker here is the ending of the film. After capturing your full focus for almost two hours, the ending seems to progress rather haphazardly. It does give a little salute to old school Hollywood, but fails to deliver a perfect ending. At the last second, Wright throws a plot twist your way as soon as you’ve let out a sigh of relief. For many this could enrich the plot, but in this case it seems only to exhaust it and spread it far too thin.

Despite the many things that could potentially damage the film, it proves to be an incredible movie nonetheless. You won’t find a car movie like this one in a long while.

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