Catch-up Reviews: Baby Driver

baby-driver-1200-1200-675-675-crop-000000Baby Driver is directed by Edgar Wright, and stars; Ansel Elgort, John Hamm, Eiza González, Lily James, and Kevin Spacey. This is Wright’s 5th film, after 2013’s The World’s EndIn typical Edgar Wright fashion, this movie is hyper-realistic, stylish, and simply intense.

The movie starts out with a bang! We’re introduced into Baby’s world, his character, his skills, all of that in such short time, no time wasted. The car chases in this movie are also out of this world. The way Wright crafts these action scenes are intense, realistic, and there’s never a dull moment. Leaving you on the edge of your seat.

Viewers who are familiar with the music video Mint Royale – Blue Song(which was directed by Wright). Will find that the movie took a lot of inspiration from said music video. It’s upbeat, swift camera shots, and the scenes closely follow the music’s beat and rhythm. The movie just feels so energetic, and confident. It’s groovy.

Amazing camerawork, and stylistic editing isn’t the only thing that Baby Driver has going on. The movie also has stellar writing from Wright(which is expected)and great performances. Ansel Elgort proves he isn’t just another Hollywood pretty-boy. He gives a very cool, and subdued performance. With just the right amount of vulnerability, and innocence.  John Hamm and Eiza González portrayed a very entertaining dynamic duo. Kevin Spacey does what he does best, delivering swift lines while maintaining a calm and collective persona. Lily James plays the love interest of Elgort’s character. They bounce off each other perfectly, maintaining a great chemistry throughout the film.

While some would say Edgar Wright’s movies are simply an over-abundance of style, and not enough substance. You can’t deny the fact nobody does what he does, better than he does. Also, NO… this film is not a case of style over substance. It’s hyper-realistic film-making at its best.

Fast-paced, stylish, and just flat out entertaining. Baby Driver further solidifies Edgar Wright’s place in modern cinema.

8/10

 

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