You know that amazing thing that happens when you’re listening to your favorite song and something in real life happens that goes perfectly with the music? A ball bounces to the beat or a bird flies by as a song sweeps into the next verse… that is Baby Driver. A beautiful symphony of music and visual melded into one fun ride. Guns fire on beat, tires squeal as the songs gain momentum, and our Baby, Ansel Elgort, dances throughout this feature-length music video.
The film follows a very unique getaway driver with an equally unique name, Baby (Ansel). All is going fine in his life of crime until he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James) and decides to get out. Crime boss (Kevin Spacey) threatens to ruin everything and Baby is forced to act faster than ever to avoid losing it all. I know this sounds like a basic crime film, but trust me; the originality is within Wright’s execution of the story.
The editor, Paul Machliss, cut Baby Driver in real-time on location, which basically means there was no separation of production and post. Machliss had to be on set to confirm that the timing of each shot was perfectly matched to the music he was editing alongside. As a result, the final product plays out to the beat of the music. Editors rarely get mentioned in reviews so this one is for you, Paul… you rule!
The all-star cast brings high-energy performances needed to meet the film’s demanding pace. There were unforgettable moments with every character, especially “the scene” with Jaime Foxx. I must note that Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers also makes a quirky cameo, which is significant to me, since he has made his way into some of my favorite films and best cult classics of all time including The Big Lebowski, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Son in Law. OK, maybe we wont count Son in Law…
Even if fast cars, guns, and heists aren’t your thing, Baby Driver is still a must see. FUN is the best way to describe this high-energy film. You can’t help but fall in love with the originality and tap your toe to the beat. Most crime stories take themselves too serious, but Baby Driver will leave you smiling.