In a world where every weekend movies are released, the Baby Driver is perhaps the most unique film to come out this summer.
It’s a nice respite for those of us sick of the usual mega-blockbuster that often defies logic and wears the viewer down with its exhausting runtime. It follows Baby, played by Ansel Elgort, a getaway driver for a gang of bank robbers, led by the incorrigible Doc, played by Kevin Spacey. Baby is the best in the business, but even though his hands are magic behind the wheel, his heart isn’t in it. Baby would like nothing more than to ride off into the sunset, free to drive his own way.
Baby Driver is a familiar story. We’ve seen the tale of the criminal with a heart of gold before. Despite that, the movie feels infinitely fresh with every moment that passes. A large part of that is due to the absolutely stellar car stunts on display. Baby Driver makes the Fast and Furious films look like child’s play. The stunts themselves are intricately designed and a thrill to watch, as Baby manoeuvres a car like it’s an extension of himself.
Watching it is one thing, but listening to it is another. Baby suffers from tinnitus and is often overburdened by the everyday noises of life. To drown out the confusion, he constantly has a pair of earbuds listening to everything from smooth jazz to classic rock. Baby’s music is at times the centrepiece of a scene, with a gunfight perfectly synced up to the beat of a drum. Everything in Baby Driver makes it feel like it’s constantly moving forward with an expert level of pacing.
Baby Driver is a film that is a master class in many things. It excels in directing, sound editing, sound mixing, even simple story progression. So many of what Baby Driver does well, it does better than most films at their best. There are moments in Baby Driver, that elicit genuine awe. Ones that take the viewer by surprise and defies their expectations. In a perfect world, this film makes all the money that is possible and is seen by audiences everywhere.
Unfortunately, it’ll be yet another film that doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it truly deserves.