Baby Driver is Edgar Wright’s new film and stars Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, John Hamm, Kevin Spacey and Lily James.
The story is about a young man named Baby, an exceptional driver, who drives criminals around so that they can escape justice. But when things go wrong, Baby must do what he must in order to stay one step ahead of the cops.
Edgar Wright has always had his own distinctive style like Quentin Tarantino or Martin Scorsese. His films are fast paced, witty, colorful and often times very funny and Baby Driver is no exception. It’s an Edgar Wright film first and foremost and you can see it as soon as the movie starts.
Baby Driver is a really fun, exciting heist film that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The acting is really fantastic here. Ansel Elgort is great as Baby and he carries the film on his shoulders. If he would suck the movie would have been terrible but as a leading man he really surprised me he was great in the action scenes and even better than the more dramatic ones. The supporting cast is great as well. John Hamm, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx are always good and here their chemistry is amazing. Lily James and Eiza Gonzalez are both terrific as the female leads. The only cast member I had a problem with is Jon Bernthal, who literally plays the same character in everything he ever does. I don’t think he’s a good actor and thankfully he’s in it for only a small part so he didn’t get on my nerves too much.
As for flaws, the movie is extremely familiar to the main storyline of Drive. Drive was more of a drama than an action movie and Baby Driver is more of an action film than a drama so that’s mainly the big difference between the two. But as soon as the movie started Drive immediately popped into my head. While the style and characters of this film are original, the story I thought wasn’t all that original. But the movie is still fun and entertaining enough to recommend. This movie is a fun ride and it’s worth seeing in the theaters.
Overall, Baby Driver is a fun, exciting time at the movies and another pleasant surprise from Edgar Wright, even if it doesn’t break any new grounds or offer anything all that original in the process.