By L. Janér
Title: Baby Driver
Release date: July 27, 2017
Director: Edgar Wright
Main cast: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm
Budget: $34 million USD
Box office: $224.6 million
Rotten tomatoes rating: 93%
Baby Driver, directed by Edgar Wright and starring Ansel Elgort, came out in July this year and was received enthusiastically by both critics and audiences.
Baby Driver is a thriller centered around Baby, an extremely skilled getaway driver who makes a living for himself and his foster father by working with crime boss Doc (Kevin Spacey) on heist after heist, until he meets and falls in love with Deborah (Lily James), a waitress who inspires him to pursue a clean break and quit his dangerous lifestyle. This comes at a cost, as Baby finds himself tangled in the crime world, jeopardizing his life and everything he cares for, including his foster father and Deborah.
N.B Due to an accident he suffered as a child, Baby has a condition called tinnitus which causes a constant hum in his ears. Because of this, he plays music from his iPod to ‘drown it out’ and this results in a great soundtrack throughout the movie.
With a 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie features a spectacular soundtrack and surreal action stunts, with strong performances delivered by the whole cast. What is most appealing about the movie is its sheer originality; the way it delivers something fresh that feels authentic and just fun. Many films go as far as merely giving viewers the feeling of déjà-vu, but Edgar Wright breaks this ceiling and brings a wholly innovative and refreshing piece to the table. It has a raw and passionate undertone to it, something which many films nowadays fail to achieve.
This action-packed thriller differs from most CGI-filled superficial action movies in a way that almost feels home-made, and together with the magnificent cast featuring Jamie Foxx and Jon Bernthal (famous for his role in The Walking Dead), the movie makes for one of the best of the year.
The phenomenal soundtrack features rock and soul classics, with songs from artists like Queen, Simon & Garfunkel and the Beach Boys, which go hand in hand with the adrenaline-filled action scenes that make the movie even more unique.
Toe-tapping songs and gripping action sequences make the movie an extremely fun one which I strongly recommend for anyone wanting to watch a thrilling and exciting ride or just a genuinely enjoyable film.
Listen to Baby Driver soundtrack here: