Young Mozart in a go-kart might just be my favourite film of 2017. Baby Driver (15) follows the story of a young getaway driver, who after a number of heists, finally wants out, but getting out is harder than he thinks.
Starring Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx, this is definitely the coolest movie of the year, the high octane action is shot perfectly, especially the driving scenes. A common way we see directors shoot car chases and/or stunts is by filming one part, cut, drive round the corner, cut etc. The cinematography in this film is so fluid that it makes the scenes more realistic, makes you feel like you’re in the car with Baby as he’s driving like a maniac, a very skillful maniac that is.
The characters are great, especially Ansel Elgort and Kevin Spacey. The supporting cast all put in solid performances as well. The romance between Baby and Debora (Lily James) feels real because the actors have great chemistry, and their great performances make you care about them and what happens in their story. The overall story is full of great action, some great comedic moments and it also has real heart. All Baby and Debora want to do is drive and leave this life behind but Baby is trapped in this world of crime.
The stand out of the film was the music, the music is synced up with everything in the movie meaning whatever they do, whether it be closing a door, putting something down on the table or just walking down the street, goes along with the beat of the music. Due to Baby’s condition in the film, it makes you think, this must be how he sees the world, he feels the beat wherever he goes, showing a sense of happiness or bliss whenever he listens to music and I thought the director did a great job of conveying that to me.
Overall, I was excited for this movie since I first saw the trailer and it did not disappoint. Great characters, a great story, amazing action and some funny moments all made for an extremely stylish movie. Before going into the film I had already downloaded the soundtrack, and I found myself blasting it on my way home. After watching this you’ll want to drive fast and whiz round corners but remember, you ain’t Baby.