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Baby Driver. Source: The Telegraph

Baby Driver is slick, refreshing, and brilliant.

Baby Driver is acclaimed director Edgar Wright’s latest film. Wright is behind films such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End and Scott Pilgrim vs The World.

Wright’s last involvement with a film was Marvel’s Ant-Man which he was attached to direct but unfortunately had to leave due to “creative differences”. Marvel should be kicking themselves because in Baby Driver, Wright delivers his best film yet and quite possibly the best film of the year so far.

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Baby Driver boasts a stellar cast. Source – Chicago Now

Baby Driver is one of the most unique films you’ll ever see!

The plot revolves around a talented getaway driver named Baby who works for a shady crime Boss (Kevin Spacey) and uses the beat of music to do his job. Wright first formulated the idea of Baby Driver over 20 years ago when he listened to a track by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and envisioned a car chase that played to the beat of the song.

An entire film that runs to the beat of the soundtrack may sound like a gimmick and quite frankly a recipe for disaster, but Wright delivers it in such a way that is mind-blowingly awesome!

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Not your typical squad goals. source – Radioformula

Baby Driver is an action-musical!

Indeed the soundtrack is as a major character as any of the cast members. Speaking of whom, they all deliver entertaining and memorable performances. Spacey is as intimidating as ever, Jaime Foxx plays his character with sly and wit and Jon Hamm delivers a standout performance.

Ansel Elgort delivers a solemn yet likeable performance as the titular character (at times reminiscent of Ryan Gosling from Drive) and his chemistry with Lilly James feels organic and real.

It’s hard to classify Baby Driver into a particular genre, it can best be defined as an Action-Musical Extravaganza that is at times hilarious and at times edge of your seat intense!

Baby Driver combines insane style with substance

Edgar Wright films are fully stylised and so unique that his work stands out from the rest of the crowd. This film is no different, it’s filled with crisp and witty dialogue, well written characters, and moves at a rapid pace. There is never a dull moment.

The editing of the film deserves high praise. The way the action corresponds to the rhythm of the music is outstanding and will have you dancing in your seat!

Apparently whilst shooting the movie the actors would rehearse their scenes with the soundtrack playing in the background so they could literally move to the beat! The soundtrack itself is so suave and slick despite not being mainstream. I found myself humming to the tunes long after the credits rolled.

Wright’s films are often criticised for being too stylised whilst lacking substance but Baby Driver captures both phenomenally. The script is well-written and the story is fantastic. When you combine identifiable style with substance you get an amazing and memorable film.

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Austin Powers is back! (sort of). Source – Creatorsco

Drive 2.0?

While watching the movie I couldn’t help but compare Baby Driver to Nicholas Winding Refn’s masterpiece Drive (2011) starring Ryan Gosling.

Baby doesn’t talk much but is a genius behind the wheel who moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals, just like Ryan Gosling in Drive. Baby meets a waitress who he falls in love with and wants to run away with, just like Carrie Mulligan’s character in Drive.

The two however are completely different films (beside the fan theory that Baby Driver is a prequel to Drive!). One is an arthouse film whilst the other is an entertaining action-musical extravaganza.

I loved Drive (2011) and I consider it one of the greatest art films ever made, however, Baby Driver is just so entertaining that it trumps Drive (2011) as the better flick. It was only the critics who loved Drive but Baby Driver is already a universally acclaimed film!

Baby Driver is a triumph!

There is so much to love about Baby Driver that I could find no real faults with the film. In a world where cinema dominated by franchises and superheroes it is so refreshing to see a film that is this slick and unique.

Baby Driver is an exhilarating joyride from start to finish and is possibly the best film of the year so far. (Only Nolan’s upcoming Dunkirk has the potential to best Baby Driver).

Sony have already approached Wright to do a sequel, whether Wright wants to do a sequel remains to be seen (maybe he should just remake Drive!) but nonetheless I will be very excited for whatever he does next.

For an in-depth analysis of the soundtrack in Baby Driver check out this insane article.

Baby Driver is now playing in cinemas.

 

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