At the Movies with Jason: Baby Driver

This movie was so good; I walked out of the 7pm screening at the Cinerama, went straight to the ticket booth & bought a ticket for 10:15 showing.

That’s it, thanks everyone!

Okay, okay, fiiiiiiiiine…

Baby Driver is the latest film from director Edgar Wright. He’s given us such classics as Scott Pilgrim vs The World, and the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, & The World’s End,) and it has a fantastic cast consisting of Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, & Eiza Gonzalez.

Doc, played by Kevin Spacey, is the mastermind behind a decade long string of robberies & heists. Baby, as played by Ansel Elgort, is his good luck charm; his driver, who has been behind the wheel on every job. However, once Baby has paid off the debt he owes Doc, and tries to move on with his life, hijinks ensue.

At first glance, it looks like any other “bank robbery & get-away” movie. In fact, I’ve had at least 8 friends ask some variation of, “oh, so it’s just a retread of Driver?” or “what, it’s a reboot of The Transporter?” or “but I’ve already seen both versions of Gone in 60 Seconds.” You know who you are. I don’t know how to describe it without spoiling elements of the plot, so I’ll just say this: Yes, it’s a heist & get-away movie, but it’s REALLY, REALLY good.

And while the cast is fantastic, the action is great, and the get-away driving is white-knuckle awesome, the REAL star is the sound design. I truly hope that they win ALL of the awards for their sound & music choices, because I could go in and watch this movie again blindfolded. The way that the music punctuates every little moment, or highlights each scene is truly a work of art. The scenes where Baby’s tinnitus is in full effect were SO REAL; I couldn’t tell if it was ME or the movie. (I suffer from pretty severe tinnitus myself, so I know what it’s like to need to have something drowning that ringing out.)

Baby Driver is a movie that rewards repeat audiences as well. There’s some cleverly placed stuff that you’ll notice on subsequent viewings. I hesitate to call them “easter eggs,” but I still got the same amount of glee when I saw them. The city of Atlanta is also featured prominently, which was pretty fun to see. I have a handful of friends who live in ATL, so I’ve already asked them to make note of the filming locations so I can visit & we can go on a tour. (Much like I did in Vancouver with the Deadpool shooting locations.)

But now that I’ve gushed over Edgar Wright’s masterpiece for a bit, I would like to say that it could have used more women in the cast. Hell, the entire movie could have been women & it would have been just

as fantastic, but as it stands, the few women who were in the cast were either love interests or throw-away characters, and that seems like a mistake to me.

That said, I cannot wait to see it again. Perhaps I will go in with a blindfold, sit in the back of the theater & just listen.

Final word: Go see it. It’s an amazing movie, and I highly recommend it.

All of Jason’s epic reviews can be read right here.


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