After a four-year wait, Edgar Wright’s next film, Baby Driver is here. And it was definitely worth the wait. The soundtrack, the setting, the characters, all seem so incredibly like the Edgar Wright in the very British Cornetto trilogy (Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), The World’s End (2013)) while also reminiscent of his direction in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010). And what we get with Baby Driver is funny, romantic, and so thrilling that it may give you a sheer heart attack.
At the center of it all is Baby (Ansel Elgort), who can’t catch a break. He wants to get out of crime but he has to payback Doc (Kevin Spacey). Then he meets a girl, Deborah (Lily James) and the movie tends to shift from a heist movie to something much more. Almost a character study of Baby, and our sympathy towards him.
The most important part of Baby Driver is the varied, deep-cut heavy soundtrack. The firing of bullets in the shootouts follow the beats of the music. The music creates the scene for the bank robberies in a way I wouldn’t have expected. This is because we never actually see the robbing of the banks but instead we see Baby, listening to his iPod, waiting in the car outside of the heist. While we do miss out on the intense bank robberies, the car chases more than make up for it. Wright makes use of multiple camera angles to create chase scenes that only have been surpassed my Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).
The film has fun with Atlanta being it’s setting without being to “in your face” about it. People who have been to Atlanta will notice the Marriott Marquis, the Peachtree Center, and other landmarks of the city mentioned or pictured in the film. It just has a very genuine feel to itself. Just like Personal Shopper (2016) did with its Paris setting.
Baby Driver is a film that I believe has broad appeal to both audiences and critics. Just like this year’s Get Out had. Which is a rare quality for a film to have these days. Beautifully shot and full of color, Baby Driver reminds us that sometimes the going to the movies is about escapism. Whether driving away from our problems physically or mentally.