“Baby Driver” follows Baby (Ansel Elgort) as he leads cops on high speed chases through the city of Atlanta following his many encounters being the driver man for a ring of heist personnel. While on his many jobs, Baby has a run in with a beautiful girl who drives his motives to escape his life of crime. All of this driven into a single story, encompassed by a soundtrack that is played through earbuds that Baby listens to 24/7 to motivate him, makes for a wild film with some crazy car chases, some crazy music, and some crazy love.
This film, while not seen to the world as a musical, is an “Atmospheric Musical”, driven by a soundtrack with a wide variety of songs that propel the story and add to the intensity and emotion. The impact of this film is monumental. The music is the film, and everything revolves around the music including timing of actions and other natural sound in the film, and even words from the song show up on screen hidden and unless you are looking for them, you are sure to miss them. Music has such an impact on the film, that Baby, at one point in the film, makes the other members of the heist wait to start the job for him to restart the song to match the moment.
Baby, in this film is a hero, who finds love and sets out to let his love, a girl named Deborah (Lily James), who shares his love for music, and the two spark up an instant connection. But with every love story, there is always something that comes to ruin the love. In this case, the people Baby work with, Buddy (Jon Hamm), Darling (Eiza González), Bats (Jamie Foxx) and Doc (Kevin Spacey), find out of his connection with Deborah and threaten to harm her if he doesn’t comply and do as they tell him. This drives the story, which is very much a character who goes through struggles with himself internally, as well as external struggles with other people, and his struggle with love. Baby struggles with himself, trying to figure out how to get out of his line of work, while making sure the girl he cares about, doesn’t get hurt. This sparks conflict with Bats, who kills anyone and everyone he doesn’t like, and Baby must figure out how to deal with Bats while making sure he keeps Deborah safe.
The director of the film, Edgar Wright, did an outstanding job at directing such a unique film and making sure that the music, or score for the film, was the centerpiece and what literally and figuratively drove the film. The lighting was great, and I loved the unique style of cinematography used. There were some very neat angles that made for some very dramatic scenes and added to the hype of the film. In my opinion, this film was a huge success. This was a unique idea and an original, not coming from any book or TV show or anything, and it held its own, made a name for itself, and succeeded both on screen and in the box office. It was a great entertainment piece, giving both action and love, rated R, I do not suggest this film for families with young children, but I do think it is a great film for many people to enjoy. With all this being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and I am driven to give it an A+.