Reviewed byCalum RhysVote: 9/10/10
Edgar Wright remains one of my all-time favourite directors. Why?Because each and every film he crafts reeks of originality, he takes afew similar traits, throws them together, delves down a completelyunexpected route and forms something unique, something masterful. From'Shaun of the Dead' to 'Hot Fuzz' and so on and so forth, each filmfeels like something you think you've witnessed before, but on a wholenew level, something fresh, something alluring, packed withadrenaline... and of course, 'Baby Driver' followed suit.
'Baby Driver' is an utterly engrossing caper-comedy that is (in mypersonal opinion) the finest film to face 2017 so far, I couldn't helpbut smile throughout, from the stunningly executed action scenes andstunts, through to the soundtrack (with an abundance of classic rockand soul tracks) and finally the heavily relatable characters. The lackof disappointment in Edgar Wright's work continues with this masterfulfilm, which is ultimately also one of the coolest films of the pastdecade or so.
Many of the heist films of recent years have been rather disappointingwhen it comes to both story and technical achievement, however whensomething like 'Baby Driver' makes an appearance, it's refreshing toknow that indie films are still taking this planet by storm andshunting the blockbusters out of the limelight. To know that certainproduction companies still trust the creativity of a director over themonetary expectations, and by doing so, unleashing a flurry offantastic independently "driven" films.
I'm gonna finish with this (partially odd) statement / testimonial...when I went to sleep last night, I had odd dreams of car chases andstunt driving to rock classics, and that is thanks to this film, thefact that it stuck with me even when I wasn't fully conscious. That'show much of a damn cool film 'Baby Driver' is... just go watch it, justthrow away your tickets to 'Transformers' and 'The Mummy' etc, and gosee this instead.
Reviewed byCachoVote: 6/10/10
The execution and quality of the film making was great, but overall Iquickly got bored watching this movie as none of the character'smotivations seemed realistic or made sense to me. The action sequenceswere great, but didn't do anything especially unique or carry anysuspenseful weight with the plot that I found myself yawning duringmuch of it. Perhaps it needed more shocking gore.
The movie seemed to be a bit confused in its tone, mixing stylizedviolence with comedy and serious heist elements. It was set in arealistic world, but the characters and their motivations were not. Itfelt like it was trying to rekindle the essence of a Tarantino cool badguy heist film like Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, but missed themark. I found myself not believing the heist scenarios enough or havingenough of a stake in them. It needed a stronger overall macguffin.
The use of Music was unique, but I would've have got more out of it ifmore obscure music was used, like what the GTA video game series doescurating amazing forgotten B-side gems from famous artists.
I felt like Jamie Foxx's acting talent was a bit wasted, and the blandAtlanta backdrop seemed like a production budget restraint. I wonderwhat city was written in the original script? I doubt anyone writes forAtlanta. Rather than transporting us to a cool city that feels lived inand feels like a real location, this just felt like a boring block ofdowntown brick buildings to shoot car chases and shootouts in.
I love most of Edgar Wright's other films, so I'm not sure why this wasso boring for me. It just didn't do anything new for me and willprobably be forgotten from my film memory years from now.
Reviewed byJack Hawkins (Hawkensian)Vote: 5/10/10
I read an early tweet that described Baby Driver as 'a mix-tape with afilm attached to it' and that proved to be an accurate comment. Thetweeter may have thought this was a good thing, but I certainly don't.
Yes, there are some good tracks and the action sequences are elaborateand frenetic (a little too frenetic, actually), but the characters aredull, unlikeable and bear very little relation to the real world. Isimply did not believe in them, especially Darling, the sassy, kick assstock character that only a fool would consider to be a strong femalecharacter.
Then there's Baby, whose laconic, boyish demeanour makes him a ratheruninspiring protagonist. His romance with Debbie, a cute littlewaitress, is yawn-inducingly clichéd, too.
If you want a stylish heist film that isn't so bloody try-hard, thenwatch Drive. It's an exercise of style over substance much like thisfilm, but it has suspense, atmosphere and characters that couldactually exist rather than blaring music, mind-numbing action and flat,hateful comic book characters.
Baby is a young and partially hearing impaired getaway driver who can make any wild move while in motion with the right track playing. It's a critical talent he needs to survive his indentured servitude to the crime boss, Doc, who values his role in his meticulously planned robberies. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Deborah, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now saddled with a crew of thugs too violently unstable to keep to Doc's plans, Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in terrible danger. To survive and escape the coming maelstrom, it will take all of Baby's skill, wits and daring, but even on the best track, can he make it when life is forcing him to face the music?