After seeing the trailers for and the glowing reviews of Baby Driver, I had no choice. I had to venture OUTSIDE to the THEATER to see it. And see it, I did. Action has never been my genre of choice. I may be a film buff, but I just fail to see the fascination with action. I have no doubt there are good action movies, they’re just not my cuppa tea. But Baby Driver… was something different altogether. Despite being action-packed, it was written well and it was smart. I really really enjoyed it.
I have a thing for musicals and I’m not ashamed of that. It’s not a secret, I admit it. Baby Driver is not a musical, but it sure is melodic.
The film opens with Ansel Elgort (Baby) bopping and grooving to the song “Bellbottoms,” which before now, I was not familiar with but it has become my most-played song… like, for real. It starts out strong and it doesn’t lose that strength.
Wright has done a marvellous thing with this movie. He has really revitalized the action genre… melding two genres that don’t usually belong together – action and musical. It was almost reminiscent of La La Land in the way that it seamlessly transitions from musical to conversation.
It stars some of the best – Ansel Elgort (The Fault in our Stars), Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, Se7en), Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, Ray) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men)… and none of them let us down. They’re all great (especially Spacey… I love my Spacey).
If I had to put together the films that make up this film, Baby Driver is like a mish-mash of La La Land, Pulp Fiction and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (which, un-coincidentally, is also directed by Edgar Wright).
This is a film I can’t wait to add to my collection and watch again and again. It was probably the most fun film I’ve seen in a really long time and is definitely in the running for my favourites of 2017.