Pretty enjoyable and fun. It can be resumed by soundtrack and pop references. Maybe I'd like way more if not for Ansel Elgort and Lily James. Bonnie and Clyde vibes all around. I'm still head over heals in love with Edgar Wright. Easy like sunday morning. BANG BANG
Watching BABY DRIVER is exhausting. Here is a clever film that makes the very idea of cinema + music as emotion machines not sacrosanct, but grossly excessive. Probably because Edgar Wright's nervous/manic directing never leaves the fifth gear. The highest compliment you can pay this nerd fantasy is it's lovingly crafted pop-filmmaking, made by a genuinely talented director in desperate need of a good screenwriter.
The film almost collapses under the weight of its conceit to be 'cool'...but only almost. Wright delivers a high octane concept action film with a killer soundtrack and enough stock character clichés to fill a Tarantino or a Ritchie film. Some performers are able to pull it off here especially Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey and a game Jamie Foxx. Unfortunately the title character (Ansel Elgort) overplays to parody.
While it did have me reflecting on how I see the world (and listen to music) as a film junkie, the only real USP in "Baby Driver" is that all the slick music cues are diegetic -- and we've seen slick music cues in heist films before. It's also a story we've seen before, with characters we've seen before. Still, there's fun to be had. Spacey and Foxx are both a riot, and Elgort is infectiously energetic.
Edgar Wright's latest is a heist flick about a boy who drives a car like Jimi Hendrix played the guitar. You'll find elements of "The Driver," "Heat," and other crime movies - only minus the existentialism, and with the soundtrack turned up to 11. The film may start to lag near the finish line, but not before "Baby" reminds you just why you love Kevin Spacey and
showcases Jamie Foxx's best performance in years.
Another of the movie-drunk aw shucks just please love me headache-engendering funtime idiocies we doubtlessly expected and should not thus make such a fuss about having had to endure. But was this really under two hours? That doesn't seem retrospectively possible. Not an embodiment of the finesse it is about. Yes. All us narcissists raised on mass media think the music we are listening to soundtracks a swell movie.
Wright sets the standard for other Blockbusters - his trademark editing flourishes, his love of soundtracks and Tarantino-esque self-reflexive idiosyncrasies. It's not his best, but it is a highly competent thrill-seeking ride which emphasises how wasted big budgets are when you can achieve something like this for $40 million. 3.5
A major disappointment. It feels like Disney tried to make a Michael Mann movie with all the problematic-ness that that entails. It feels like a film made by people who drive on the right side of the road when they play GTA. Everything is so pompous and phony and safe with the story being completely divorced from any kind of reality. It is a film compliant with authority on every level.