Friday, June 30, 2017

Movie Review: "Baby Driver"

“Baby Driver” sports a killer soundtrack and unleashes stellar performances from Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Jamie Foxx, and Jon Bernthal. It will easily become one of the best movies of 2017.

The movie takes place in Atlanta and follows the adventures and misadventures of Baby (Elgort), a getaway driver who suffers from Tinnitus due to a childhood accident, as he clears his debt with Doc (Spacey) and tries to escape his life of crime. Due to circumstances out of his control, he is coerced back into one last job. He is forced into helping Buddy (Hamm), his sociopathic wife Darling (Gonzalez), and Bats (Foxx) - a man with nothing to lose and a death wish.

We see Baby and Debora (James) grow in a friendship that blossoms into a romance as the movie progresses. When she gets caught in the mix, we see a whole new side of Baby. He will go to any lengths to protect the woman he loves.

The soundtrack to “Baby Driver” lines up with the film in an almost musical way, but without the singing or breaking into dance. It fits every scene perfectly and will definitely be bringing back some older music from bands thought long gone.

"Baby Driver" is rated R for violence and gore, profanity, and frightening and intense scenes. There's no nudity, but a sexual innuendo is used.

Overall, "Baby Driver" is a solid 9.5 / 10 with nearly no flaws or potholes that I caught. The characters are fleshed out fantastically and the plot is extremely well executed. It is a must see for this summer in my book.

"Baby Driver" came out on June 28th, 2017. It was directed by Edgar Wright. The running time is 113 minutes.

Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ and a half

(Reviewed by Everett Shirey)

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