June 28, 2017 - 1 hr. 52 min.
Director - Edgar Wright
Writers - Edgar Wright
Starring - Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm
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It's been some time since we here at Red Moon have brought to you a review of a great film. The last two weeks saw us review atrocities with some decent films before, but not since our review of Wonder Woman have we watched something that truly stood out as being an absolute watch. So, this week we proudly bring you, a film brought to us but master of comedy Edgar Wright. I speak of Baby Driver.
A passion project of Wright’s, one he never thought he would get to create. Baby Driver is one of the best action films released this year, but so much more. It's a heist drama that balances story, characters, humor, and action to near perfection. Staring Ansel Elgort as Baby, a young man with hearing impairment due to a past tragedy who gets tangled up with a crime lord called Doc, played by Kevin Spacey, and ends up using his extraordinary driving capabilities as Doc’s go to get away driver for all his planned heists. Baby, however wants out to live a normal life, especially after meeting Debora, played by Lily James. With great supporting roles played by Jaimie Fox, Jon Bernthal, and Jon Hamm. Each character is unique, and brilliantly brought to life. The cast and characters are as stellar as the story.
Directed and written by Wright, it's not just the story that is stellar, dialogue is clever and real. With witty moments that, instead of being cringe worthy like other franchises sometimes create, such as the Furious franchise, they actually come across as funny or unique, such as Debora's use of the name Baby. Also impressive are the practical effects, choreographed to the awesome soundtrack. The use of music excites your adrenaline and the perfect choreography make each scene invigorating.
There are some small moments that may be unbelievable, but they are very minor and rare, and even some that are so well done that you overlook their improbability. Over all the film has few flaws and is worth not just a watch, but a buy.
I give Baby Driver 3.5 our of 4 stars.