Baby Driver is a musical and an action movie in one, where a getaway car drifts to the riff of a song and characters shoot at each other with the beat of a drum. Edgar Wright wisely focuses on practical stunts and old school action rarely seen these days – an amalgam of car chases, shootouts, and on foot pursuit – making the movie a refreshing break from all the CGI superhero action.
These uncannily choreographed sequences are perfectly synced with a selection of tunes. Unlike in most films who use nostalgia to lure previous generations who now have disposable income, the music here is not just decoration. They either complement or contrast the elements on screen in interesting ways. The musical timing ensures that you get a fun heist film all accomplished without Fast and Furious ridiculousness.
Film direction, camerawork, old school stunts, sound design, and musical score all work together to produce a music video the length of a feature film. If you’re the kind of person who invests in headphones and has a playlist for every mood, Baby Driver is the perfect action movie music hybrid that isn’t a musical.
That being said Baby Driver is essentially a well-made car commercial.
It’s the typical crime movie with a bunch of tropes. A wunderkind gets forced into employment by a crime boss whom he owes a huge amount of cash. His co-workers are Bonnie and Clyde and the batshit crazy dude who complicates everything. Eventually, wunderkind meets a girl that changes his life and they plan to get the heck out of dodge.
Still, the cast does well enough do make these characters watchable. Bolstered with creativity from Edgar Wright, Baby Driver has enough mods to make it feel original.
Baby Driver is a slick action movie with a fun groove that will make you believe you can get away even with the traffic of downtown Atlanta.
Baby Driver is the exhilarating action flick thanks to its musical timing and uncannily choreographed action sequences.