This is one post i have wanted to make since i saw it in the cinema months ago, but i refused to just use the gifs already online and made myself wait till i could have the film and then select and make my own. It only just came online in the last few days so i dove into working on this. This film was easily my favourite thats come out this year, its soundtrack knocked me over within minutes, and its direction and cinematography were done pretty perfectly. On top of that we have an insanely sweet cast. We’ve got Ansel Elgort as our protagonist ‘Baby’. (albeit a strange name or moniker but within minutes of the film any misguided qualms you had disappear) Then we’ve got Kevin Spacey, John Hamm, Jaimie Foxx and Lily James in the main roles. Magic.
Rating : 8/10
Also, im aware there’s not an insanely huge amount of content on my page and thats in part down to the fact that I’m not going to make posts or recommend a film or tv series unless i personally think it warrants one. Rather have fewer options than dozens of meh movies with a few gems hidden amongst it. Far too many sites on film and tv saturate themselves with so many options that a good portion of them are pretty poor. I’m gonna go my own way on this and only put up and write about things I’d actually recommend. On to the film, this was one that blended together the perfect soundtrack to fit each scene together with its music and you wouldn’t imagine another song taking its place. It was similar to when i first went to see Guardians of the Galaxy, you walk out of the cinema in euphoria and thats in no small part down to the soundtrack.
The protagonist of our film’s name is “Baby” although we quickly garner that this is a moniker. One thing i knew very little about before the film was Tinnitus, the slow pace reveal of what event occurs that left him with it, leaves you with a slow burn of intrigue. Your aware some kind of trauma happened but unaware fully of its nature. Exploring this kind of trauma and PTSD was an interesting take and one i hadn’t seen done before.
The high speed car chases and escapes i wont lie were a huge draw, they were filmed and choreographed pretty damn well. You find yourself smirking when they evade the cops time after time, and our protagonist who plays the getaway driver to a bunch of robbers for hire by the brilliant and unmatched brain of Kevin Spacey (who plans the heists) we see little chunks of Baby’s personality seeping through, the adorable thing he is.
I’ll hold my hands up and admit that Ansel’s dancing was something that put a big smile on my face, in the cinema, and when i rewatched it at home.
I can personally guarantee that your feet will be doing a whole lot of this throughout the film, and also that the second your finished watching it the first thing you’ll google is its soundtrack..
It was pretty interesting seeing John Hamm and Jaimie Foxx portray some inherently evil, sociopathic yet damn interesting characters. I’d only ever seen Hamm in Mad Men (and then that little cameo in Wet Hot American Summer) so seeing a darker side to his persona was quite intriguing. It’s also one of the first well-made films I’ve seen that explore the concepts of reluctant criminal behaviour, intimidation and emotional manipulation.
This film also did something quite original and was (as far as i’m aware) the first of its kind. The scenes that run throughout the entire film, are put to the music, not the other way around. (As in, the scene comes first and then they assign a song or score to go alongside it) Every single scene in this film was created around the song. So you’ll regularly see actions that the actors are doing are going along to the rhythm of the song that the scene is cornered around. The more you look out for this and become aware of it, the bigger the smile on your face when you realize what a magician Edgar wright is. I could put in dozens of examples but i’ll stick with two for now, the first; Kevin Bacon or “Doc” counting their bills in complete synchronicity to the song playing.
The second, are when there’s armed guards walking timed perfectly with the scenes score. It’s something that you should be aware of before you watch as it adds a whole other layer to the film, and you can appreciate how flawlessly this was executed throughout.
So dive into Baby Driver, It’s also one that you really enjoy rewatching, and the tunes get you in such a good mood that you dancing a little after.
You won’t regret it, there is a lot of violence in it, especially the last half of the movie. But it’s tactical, well choreographed scenes; so that if you as a viewer aren’t crazy about watching a lot of violent fight scenes, take comfort in the fact that my mother (an admitted baby) when it comes to fight scenes, still adored this film. It’s captivating from beginning to end. Trust me.