I've been dying to see "Baby Driver" since its first trailer was released. I consider myself to be a fan of Edgar Wright, and this film looked like it would have more of his signature style that I love.
As with all of Wright's films, the plot is pretty straightforward, a direct homage to a specific genre of film, in this case, the heist movie. The main reason for which I love the writing of Edgar Wright is that he is able to take a simple plot and turn it into an elegantly written film. He does this mostly through his dialogue, which is extremely witty and funny throughout. He also does a good job of developing the characters by using their mannerisms to develop them. He takes a group of criminals and makes them all relatable to some extent.
However, the writing isn't necessarily the star of the show in this film. The techniques found in this movie are truly amazing. The action scenes are exciting, suspenseful, and even sometimes funny. The production design obviously has a lot of thought put into it in order to make the film mean more. The cinematography is just beautiful. The shots are amazingly complex and fluid. The film avoids the usual rough and shaky tendencies of action films. The soundtrack is expertly chosen, and the sound design was perfect! I loved how much of the action was synchronized with the soundtrack, especially the "Tequila" scene. All of the actors nail their performances, too, with Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, and Jon Hamm being my favorites. Yet, even though his style is still visibly present, I think that this film is his most accessible to mainstream audiences, if only because it can easily satisfy an audience member looking for pretty much any of its genres.
Overall, I was certainly pleased by "Baby Driver". I thought it was funny, exciting, and extraordinarily well-made. I highly recommend that you see it if you get the chance, and i even plan on seeing it in theaters at least one more time, if not more.
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
I look at films as if through old red and blue 3D glasses— one lens is as art, one lens is as entertainment.
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