Directed by: Edgar Wright | Produced by: Nira Park, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner | Written by: Edgar Wright | Starring: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eiza Gonzalez, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal | Music by: Steven Price | Cinematography: Bill Pope | Edited by: Paul Machliss, Jonathan Amos | Production Company: Working Title Films, Big Talk Production, MRC | Distributed by: Tristar Pictures | Official Website
“Your name is Baby? B-A-B-Y, baby?” Said a charming and cute waitress that seems to exist only on a movie named Debora (Lily James, this movie doesn’t bother to give her or any other character a surname). Debora then states her jealous opinion on how Baby got his name on almost every song while she only got two songs with her name on, T-Rex’s “Deborah” and Beck’s “Debra”. Baby, on the other side, has so many songs mentioning his name, include one that finally became this movie’s title, Simon and Garfunkel’s “Baby Driver”.
Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a young and almost silent driver for Atlanta’s crime boss Doc (Kevin Spacey). His work is to drive Doc’s henchmen doing their crime. On the opening scene, Baby assists Buddy (Jon Hamm), Darling (Eiza Gonzalez) and Griff (Jon Bernthal) robbing a bank. Although they’re successfully getting away with the robbery, all of them question Baby’s preference of keeping his headphones on. Doc explains that due to an accident when he’s younger, Baby is having Tinnitus and needs music to get rid of the humming inside his ears.
Baby is an example of reluctant criminals: he broke Doc’s car, and now has to pay his debt with doing whatever Doc asks him to do. Doc is never using the same team twice, so Baby assists different henchmen: from Buddy and Darling, the suicidal Bats (Jamir Foxx) and the scarface Eddie with No Nose (Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers, now you’re believing the soundtrack is gonna be rocking all the way). While he finally falls in love with Debora, Doc asks him to assists Buddy, Darling and Bats robbing the post office. Situation is getting worse when Baby gets his conscience back, and now he needs to run from his used-to-be teammates. Not only that, he needs to save Debora too.
Imagine this. Baby Driver is a mix between Fast and Furious‘s cars show-off and Pulp Fiction‘s kind of thriller, with La La Land‘s young romance, and Guardians of The Galaxy‘s soundtrack, all in the right balance. Sounds good? It is. From the opening scene, this movie gives us car thrills, if I may say car ballet, showing Baby’s competence of driving fast on a red Subaru. The action doesn’t stop throughout the movie, and put your imaginary headphones, because along with the car ballet came a good list of soundtrack, from Jon Spencer Blues Explosions’ “Bellbottoms” until Queen’s “Brighton Rock”.
Ansel Elgort himself is bringing the tag “Baby” to full reality. With his baby face and close to silent performance, Elgort manifests the fact that a criminal doesn’t always have to look intimidating, can look like an ordinary teenage boy and can have his conscience too, oh and also can fall in love. With his few dialogues, mostly talked with Lily James’ Debora, this is probably Elgort’s best performance so far. Kevin Spacey as Doc, however, is the masterpiece of this movie. Doc maybe the crime lord of Atlanta with his hands covering all over the state, reaching from the Police Department until gun dealers, but Doc is not a merciless crime lord after all. He looks at Baby as friend, and somehow feels like a father figure to his young wheelman.
So this movie is a kind of movie that you will enjoy watching, although you must have anticipated the action movie’s usual gory scenes.