Baby Driver Review

“Baby Driver” is the new film directed by Edgar Wright starring Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Jaime Foxx, Jon Bernthal, and Eiza Gonzalez.  “Baby Driver” is a short time criminal underworld story starring Baby, a getaway driver for a crime boss who begins to take part in a heist that is certain to fail.  Baby also falls in love with the beautiful waitress Deborah before deciding to end his life in crime.  “Baby Driver” is in true Edgar Wright form, delivering high stake thrills and action, blending amazing and hilarious situational comedy.

“Baby Driver” is Edgar Wright on high octane.  His previous films, “Scott Pilgrim vs the World,” “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” proves that he is a unique talent in the industry giving us new and original stories with heart, humor and wit.  Wright is back in the game this time giving us a crime story fueled with amazing performances, and rock n’ rolla tunes which helps give the film it’s personal identity.  “Baby Driver” delivers and fires on all cylinders making this one of the best films that I have seen this year.  “Baby Driver” knocks it out of the park and delivers one of the best screenplays of 2017.

The best part of “Baby Driver” are the wonderful performances.  Ansel Elgort who was great in “The Fault in Our Stars” plays a magnificent Baby and adds that bit of suave mixed with cool sleek humor.  He is full of energy with a tragic backstory and you feel yourself constantly rooting for the guy.  Of course his chemistry with Lily James who plays his love interest Deborah was electric and every time they were on-screen together they knocked it out of the park.  Kevin Spacey was great in a small and limited role and Jon Hamm was great.  Jaime Foxx, who I’m not a big fan of really did a great job in this movie and I really liked his character.

Of course this wouldn’t be an Edgar Wright movie without the humor which is what makes this movie work.  Sometimes, films have issues trying to figure out if they are dramas, action, horror or comedy and they have identity problems.  “Baby Driver” knows exactly what it is.  This is an action comedy hands down and one of the best that I’ve seen since “Hot Fuzz.”  The action is awesome, with some great car chase sequences and shoot em’ up action.  And the humor is equally there giving it that British vibe.  There is a certain sequence involving latex masks which is gut bursting hilarious.  And the soundtrack is equally good and plays a very important part of the story.

Negatives.  I thought long and hard about the issues with this movie and I got nothing.  I could nitpick all day for tiny little minuscule things but I won’t because this movie is near perfect.  This movie is definitely an R rated action comedy so it’s not for kids but teenagers and adults will have a total blast with this film.  This is hands down in the top 5 best of this year and will mostly stay in the top 10 by the year’s end.  This is an entertaining movie from top to bottom and is one of the best times that I’ve had at the movies this year.  “Baby Driver” is definitely worth checking out.

Grade:  A+ 

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