Updated: Feb 27, 2020
Nominee #17 - Baby Driver (2017)
A young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist after being recruited by a crime boss.
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Baby Driver takes a unique approach to a heist. Most movies in the genre focus on the heist itself and crew that breaks into the bank or the vault for whatever is being stolen. Baby Driver does this as well, but the focus is on the getaway driver. In this case being the unusually named Baby (Ansel Elgort). Directed by Edgar Wright and starring Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm and Kevin Spacey, Baby Driver is one of the most entertaining heist movies out there that is simultaneously an effective action movie as well as a … musical.
Supported by strong performances and slick cinematography, Baby Driver is an adrenaline rush with rhythm.
This is a movie that is driven, pun intended, by its music. The film brims with life and energy, constantly on the move. Director of Photography Bill Pope called the movie “a post-modern musical” saying “there’s not singing and dancing in the street but the world acts to music”. The opening sequence sets the tone, an exhilarating car chase as Baby makes a quick getaway after a bank robbery. The sequence unfolds to the song Bellbottoms by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, a fantastic action sequence uplifted by the music.
The title sequence is perhaps one of the most creative ever put to film, with the upbeat Harlem Shuffle by Bob & Earl playing as Baby makes a coffee run for the crew. The scene is a single take and wonderfully and subtly incorporates the lyrics of the song through the art, signs and stores on the streets of Atlanta. The moment plays out much like the opening dance number to a musical, lively music, vibrant colours and a pulsing energy.
Baby Driver excels as a heist movie but from a new perspective, our character, Baby, is often spectator to the crime and while he may know the job, he doesn’t always have all the details. We learn the details of the heist with him and in the process become a part of it. The action is top notch, from the stunt work to the choreography, Baby Driver is an entertainer always with the music at its soul.
Edgar Wright is one of the most talented directors working in Hollywood, making some of the most energetic and rewatchable films, across the genres. Baby Driver is no different. The movie is a vibrant blend of various genres, a heist movie, an action movie and a musical. Supported by strong performances and slick cinematography, Baby Driver is an adrenaline rush with rhythm.