Starring Kevin Spacey (Se7en, House Of Cards), Jon Hamm (Keeping up with the Joneses, Mad Men), Jon Bernthal (Daredevil, Fury), Ansel Elgort (Divergent, Fault in our Stars), Eliza Gonzales (Elite, Dusk Til Dawn), Jamie Foxx (Django: Unchained, Collateral) and Lily James (Cinderella, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), this star-studded, Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) directed affair is one of the most original and creative films you will see this year. With everything from rhythmic gun battles (Check out my post on these here) to musical car chases, Baby Driver is a spectacular masterpiece that I would be happy to watch again.
Baby (Elgort) got into some trouble with kingpin Doc (Spacey) and has been paying back his debt ever since by being a getaway driver for Doc’s most high-profile heists. Due to a car accident when he was young, however, Baby has tinnitus and listens to music to drown out the ‘hum on the drum’ (providing the soundtrack for the film). When Baby finally draws even with Doc and finds a girl (Lily James’ Deborah), he tries to escape this world. Little does he know that Doc is not done with him yet!
In a couple of the scenes, one can see an obvious stunt double or people missing out of the car. There are also several continuity mistakes dotted throughout the film.
Artistic Impression: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
1) Edgar Wright started to work on this film in 1995 but didn’t finish the script until 2011, and the film until 2017. However, he received the advance for it in 2007. He introduced the world premiere of the film at SXSW by thanking his producer for not suing him for this.
2) Originally set in LA, the film was finally shot in Atlanta. Other cities with tax incentives were ruled out as being too cold or fell through at the last minute. Wright had local writers and location scouts help him rewrite the film to make it authentically Atlanta.
3) All of the driving in the film is practically done with not a single green screen or CGI (other than presumably touching up shots for aesthetic purposes).
4) This film is named after Simon & Garfunkel’s song “Baby Driver” from their 1970 album “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. The song appears in the film during the end credits.
5) The red car driven by Baby is a 2007 Subaru WRX in San Remo Red.