Directed By: Edgar Wright
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Lily James
Rotten Tomatoes: 97% Empire: 5 Stars
What has the director done before?
Edgar Wright is most well-known for directing the Three Flavours Cornetto Film Trilogy Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The Worlds End. All three starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, he recently began to foray into directing American based Hollywood films his first being Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Being one of three who watched Scott Pilgrim vs. The World I can report that it holds one or two similarities to Baby Driver in that a male protagonist is getting into trouble and also within all that mess have time to fall in love with someone they met about three days ago. However, Scott Pilgrim is funnier and visually more entertaining.
Was it thrilling?
Baby Driver, has been marketed as the summer movie you need to watch, the joy ride of your life, the torque circus you have been waiting for. The truth is you will probably survive if you didn’t watch it, you have probably been on more thrilling bus rides, and if you have watched any Fast and Furious films, you have pretty much watched 60% of Baby Driver. This is the problem with the over-sell in the trailer and marketing. You are left feeling underwhelmed by the action sequences, not to say they weren’t good but not thrilling.
What did I like?
Being overly critical of Baby Driver is a symptom of high expectations as it was delivered to be an amalgamation of musical, comedy and thriller. It delivers on some of those genres in small doses, through the older more established cast members more specifically Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey being the most interesting characters that were key to delivering a certain degree of humour and suspense to the film. The integration of music into the movie was unremarkable except for the tapes in which Baby himself records.
Could it have been better?
Baby Driver, incorporates so many different genres that Edgar Wright has to be commended for actually making it watchable to some degree. However, Baby Driver could have been more visually infused with colour or an air of animation to it, this because the story in itself feels straight out of a comic book and also roads and red cars can only be so interesting to a point.
The casting was great; however, the character of Baby could have done with more personality, rather than the back story so instead of being a pity party for his circumstance, it would have been more of a pity party for him.
Who would win the Oscar?
Jamie Foxx was brilliant as gangster bad boy Bats, as expected, also in turn Jon Hamm as Buddy was a pleasant surprise so he would have to win the Oscar this time.