Edgar Wright is one of the most prolific filmmakers working in Hollywood today. After making one outstanding film (Shaun of the Dead), after another (Hot Fuzz), after another (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), after another (The World’s End), there’s no denying he is one of most unique voices in the film community. So naturally, when Baby Driver was announced, I (alongside all other film fans) couldn’t be more hyped. Now that film has come out, we are now able to decide for oursleves: does Baby Driver live up to its insane hype?
It does. Baby Driver is one of the best films of the year.
Here’s the synopsis from IMDb:
After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.
This film was written and director by the meticulous Edgar Wright, and it stars a slew of great actors, such as Ansel Elgort who plays the self-titled Baby, Lily James who plays his love interest Debora, and other supporting characters played by Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey, and Jon Bernthal.
Where do I even start with things I loved about this movie? For starters, it is bar none the most fun I’ve had in a movie theater, and that includes The Fate of the Furious (which I loved). Another thing I loved was how surprising the plot actually was. I expected the film to be very stylistic (and it definitely was), but I didn’t expect to be as engrossed and emotionally connected with this movie as I was. One more thing I loved was the action. Edgar Wright further proved that besides being a great comedy director, he is also an amazing action director.
There weren’t any real flaws or negatives aspects of this film that detracted from my enjoyment, and I was very happy with that. If I were to try to say something less than stellar about this movie, it could be that I didn’t find the jokes very funny. Although I was smiling throughout the entire runtime, I never really laughed out loud at any particular part. But then again, this film isn’t a comedy, so that was more a personal thing. I have other things to nitpick about this film, but ultimately that’s just me trying really hard to point out negatives of this movie.
In conclusion, Baby Driver is a really great film, and one of the best of the year. It is a film that works on multiple levels – great action film, great comedy, great emotional story, great thrills, etc. Besides nitpicky things I could point out such as the film not being as funny as I wanted, Edgar Wright has struck the perfect balance between style and substance, which is something not many directors working today can accopmplish. Baby Driver succesfully proves that Edgar Wright is a director that we will all be talking about in the future.
Final Rating – 4.5/5