REVIEW: Baby Driver

Edgar Wright's (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Hot Fuzz) movie is a visceral, engaging & original spin on a well worn tale of a criminal's one last heist.

The eponymous titular character Baby, is a driver who is employed to get hired criminals out of the grasp of the law as soon as heists are done, but with the arrival of a new criminal to work with and a girl who takes an interest, Baby's life begins to spiral into more jeopardy than it already is.

Uproarious humour and frenetic practical action & driving makes the film a step above the others out there and keeps the audience glued to the screen and their seats.

The cast including Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars), Lily James (Downton Abbey), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) and Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects, 1995) bring their flair to ignite the characters on screen.

The practical driving stunts remind the audience of the classic films such as 'Bullit' (1968) with Steve McQueen and 'Vanishing Point' (1971) with Barry Newman.

Edgar Wright's writing hasn't changed with the nice easter eggs and the nods to pop culture in his sole writing credit, showing that his usual collaboration with Simon Pegg isn't missed.

Wright's dedication to his script is evident as he went on record to say that he began the script way back in 1995 but didn't finish it until 2011, so during that gap he helped dish out two fantastic comedies, Shaun of the Dead (2004) & Hot Fuzz (2007).

Definitely recommended for audiences who like action, comedy, thrillers, car enthusiasts and music!

Rating: 4 Stars

Review by Mathew Currey

 

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