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January 5, 2018

Baby Driver (2017) --- "No Babies Were Harmed In The Making Of This Movie. Find Out How."

Plot Summary
Talented getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After meeting the woman (Lily James) of his dreams, he sees a chance to ditch his shady lifestyle and make a clean break. Coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), Baby must face the music as a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom. (1) 

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     Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) is an amazing director. Each and every one of his films is original because he combines a few similar traits and delivers a story that forms into something unique while following a completely unexpected path. From Shaun of the Dead (2004) to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), his films are new takes on an old idea, they’re alluring and action packed so it is not a question whether Baby Driver (2017) will follow suit.
     Baby Driver is an engrossing caper-comedy film that I could not help but smile throughout.  Many heist films have been a bit lackluster in recent years when it comes to the story and technical achievement but Baby Driver is a refreshing indie film that despite not being the best film of 2017 it is a close contender. This is a basic crime and heist film but at the same time it breaks genre stereotypes. This film is fast-paced, the tension is flawless, and the humor is perfectly fitting for this film. The action sequences are great but overall nothing was really unique; perhaps it needed a shock value to it, maybe more gore. The real heart of this story is the pseudo-musical style and the cinematography that is sharp and colorful. The music was unique to the film, and I personally believe is what carried much of the weight that the action did not.
     The cast for Baby Driver was spot on. Ansel Elgort (Divergent,) was a standout in a different type of role for him and his chemistry with Lily James (Cinderella) is great. Jon Hamm (Town) and Eiza Gonz├ílez (Alita: Battle Angel) as Buddy and Darling had great chemistry also and their characters kind of remind me of Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005). Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects) was good as the leader Doc and CJ Jones (Door in the Woods) as Baby’s deaf roommate/guardian is charming. The only issue I have is with Jamie Foxx’s (Annie, Amazing Spider-Man 2), Bats. He was good and he fit the role but often times I was annoyed at his unintimidating bad-guy tough act. Sometimes it fits the scene almost scarily but other times it was annoying; if the goal was to come across as a bit unhinged then I can say Foxx achieved it.
     Overall, Baby Driver (2017) is a great summer heist film with amazing car chases, bright and colorful visuals, a great cast, and the perfect soundtrack. Edgar Wright's work continues with ultimately one of the coolest films of this decade. It’s nice knowing that some production companies still trust the creativity of a director over the monetary expectations thus unleashing a multitude of independently ‘driven’ films.

 "B-A-B-Y, Baby."
- Deborah

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  8 of 10 stars
Worth Buying:  8 of 10 stars

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