In a drag race, some cars are known as sleepers because from the outside it has the appearance of something ordinary. Those preconceived thoughts are soon left in a cloud of dust when the driver puts the gas pedal to the metal — and the same can be said for the new movie, “Baby Driver.”
Baby Driver follows the exploits of a wheelman known as Baby (Ansel Elgort). Due to Baby’s theft of an up-and-coming crime boss' car, he is forced to work for him, Doc (Kevin Spacey), until his debt is repaid.
Doc forms of a team of criminals with different skill sets to rob several places ranging from banks to an armored truck. Tired of the life, Baby seeks a new start and looks for a way out. While looking for a new path to follow his old life struggles to let him go.
Watching the trailer for this heist movie, it appeared corny and unremarkable. The idea that a young man would have the chops to be the getaway driver in a robbery seemed slightly out of place.
When I watch a heist movie, I tend to think of guys like Jason Statham, Nicholas Cage, Steve McQueen or Robert Mitchum. To me, these guys seem to have the bravado to command the attention of the audience. I didn’t think Elgort, who is known more for the role of Caleb Prior in the “Divergent” series, would be able to pull off the role.
After some convincing by a friend, I went to see this movie and was pleasantly rewarded with a highly entertaining adventure. This film keeps itself centered on the elements that make an action movie great.
These features include a basic but complete story, great chase sequences, a redeemable hero and a well-defined bad guy. The last element is important because the audience needs that conflict to draw them into the story that is unfolding on the screen. Baby Driver follows that pattern to the letter creating a great movie for people to enjoy.
Elgort was an odd casting choice for this film, but he gives a memorable performance and won’t be forgotten by audiences. As Baby, he keeps a calm and cool demeanor, consistently thinking three steps ahead of his fellow criminals.
The relationship Baby has with Doc was often complicated and conflicted. At times it is all business, but other times it is very superficial. In one scene, Baby tells Doc, “You and I are a team." Doc replies, “Don’t feed me any more lines from ‘Monsters, Inc.’ It pisses me off.”
The soundtrack in this film plays a large part in telling the story from Baby’s perspective. Due to a car accident when he was younger, Baby has significant hearing damage and has to listen to music to remain focused. Some of the recording artists range from Lionel Richie to Beck.
Baby Driver provides audiences and adrenaline addicts alike a fun time at the movies.
I give this film four out of five mustaches.
Baby Driver is rated R for violence and language throughout and runs 112 minutes.