Baby Driver (R)

Written and directed by Edgar Wright and starring Ansel Elgort (Baby), Kevin Spacy and a host of others, Baby Driver is about a young man being coerced into working for a crime boss as a getaway driver. Baby has to finish one last job before he is free; but, of course, after the job is finished he gets sucked right back in.

An action/crime/love story, Baby Driver combines elements of many movies seen before, but is brought together in a unique way, driven by music with a few unexpected events. If you enjoyed True Romance, you should enjoy this.  There is enough action, suspense and “twist” to hold your interest all the way through to the final scene.

The acting is above par for an action film because Elgort is accompanied by heavy hitters. Along with Spacey, John Hamm, Lily James and Jamie Foxx help to round out the talented cast.

Wright does an outstanding job directing the heck outta this movie. Every action, every beat, every movement; down to the last cue is so well choreographed, thoughtful and well executed.  Elgort was the perfect choice for the lead here as he is trained in ballet and added much youthful exuberance and a sense of fun throughout the story.  Wright gets 10s across the board for coordinating the music with the action and using this well thought out, enjoyable score to move this film along.  You can feel that this man loves an action film and had a great time making this movie.  Also, as far as Wright’s writing, I need to say that it didn’t go unnoticed that this movie does not rely on or feature one unnecessary naked boob, sex scene or the done-to-death cliché strip club scene.  The movie is pretty clean and chaste (aside from all the killing and shooting) with the exception of one pretty vile character and his potty mouth.

There’s not a lot not to like here, but the movie isn’t perfect. The action sequences will leave you breathless and are beautifully, beautifully shot, but the love story stuff seemed to drag out and brought the overall energy of an otherwise vibrant movie down.  Of course I wanted more action, but I suppose without the love story, Baby Driver just would have been an action/car chase/crime movie, and that would have been just fine with me.

Baby Driver earned 8 bloops out of 10. It is a great movie that is great to see in a theater if you’re so inclined.  It is an enjoyable summer treat to take your mind off the woes of the world for a while.  The action is so entertaining I would watch it again – like right now.

Bloops:

1   =   worst ever, avoid at all cost
2   =   very bad, forget about it!
3   =   poor movie, not recommended
4   =   not good, even for free – NO!
5   =   so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6   =   not bad, could have been better
7   =   good movie, worth seeing
8   =   great movie, don’t miss it!
9   =   excellent movie, a must see!
10 =   a masterpiece, go see it now!

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What I’m seeing this week…

The House
The Big Sick
The Book of Henry

Past Reviews:
Good Time
Dunkirk
Girls Trip
Spider-Man: Homecoming
The Big Sickl Eyez on Me
It Comes at Night
The Wedding Plan
Wonder Woman
Everything, everything
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
The Belko Experiment
Beauty and the Beast
Raw

Kong: Skull Island
Logan
Bitter Harvest
The Girl with All the Gifts
A Cure for Wellness
Get Out
Hidden Figures
Fences
Moonlight
Hell or High Water
Loving
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Nocturnal Animals
Captain Fantastic
Elle
Jackie
Florence Foster Jenkins
I Am Not Your Negro

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