Review: Baby Driver

Baby Driver

Baby Driver

Genre: Action, Crime, Music
Duration: 114 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 30-JUN-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.75 / 5 (Vehicular Musical Getaway)

After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

Overall Review:
After departure from Marvel Studios ‘Ant-Man’, Edgar Wright pulls back with his latest action-packed production “Baby Driver” that tells the story of a getaway driver named “Baby”. The plot of the film is pretty straight forward, a direct homage to a specific genre of film, in this case, the heist movie. Film ticks from the opening scene itself; first car chase that sets the pace beautifully. The set piece is planned and choreographed to perfection, and Elgort’s calm Baby is completely in sync with his car. It’s probably as close as we’ll get to car chase art. All the three car chase scenes are exhilarating. This is a film about music, that’s alive with music and powered by music. The use of the soundtrack is vital as it even helps with the humour, with Baby’s choices of music and rocking out in certain situations drawing laughs. Film has a heavy reliance on music and sound design and luckily both of these things are excellently done. Baby Driver is filled with an abundance of great, unique characters with fantastic performances all around. There probably won’t be another movie that will combine so many different genre elements and be so successful at doing so. Combination of Action, Humour, Characters, Story & Music makes BABY DRIVER one of the most fun film’s released in a long time. Buckle up for this VMG (Vehicular Musical Getaway)

Performance & Technical Review:
The film is filled with an abundance of great, unique characters with fantastic performances all around. Ansel Ergot stars as Baby who is quietly great as his characters quirks and charms make up for a lack of vocality. Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzales and Kevin Spacey provide great support to Ergot as the more willing robbers which allows Baby to seem more innocent. Music plays a huge role in this feature as it is a plot point – Baby plays music to combat his Tinnitus and syncs it up to whenever he is driving on the job. Due to this, the film has a killer soundtrack. The music is used throughout action scenes and is choreographed within the scenes to match the stunts happening at the same time. The music blends in to add an extra layer of enjoyment throughout the action packed scenes that will have you humming the tunes on your way out of the cinema. The action scenes are exciting, suspenseful, and even sometimes funny. The production design obviously has a lot of thought put into it in order to make the film mean more. The cinematography is just beautiful. The shots are amazingly complex and fluid. The film avoids the usual rough and shaky tendencies of action films. The soundtrack is expertly chosen, and the sound design was perfect.

PDF Verdict:
Baby Driver is a fun, wild and clever ride that asks you to plug in your earphones and fasten your seat-belt. This film will be remembered for not only its great car scenes but also the well-written structure and direction from Edgar Wright. Vroom Vroom Vroom…Get ready for this crazy feature that strangely applies the brakes (not so consistently) when the the viewing experience is best served at top speed with foot tapping music.

Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.75 / 5 (Vehicular Musical Getaway) 
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 3.5 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.5 on 5
Production Designs: 3.75 on 5

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