Baby Driver

After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

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  • ★★★★ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd

    straight up the most fun i've had in a movie theater since MAGIC MIKE XXL. like an 113-minute version of those year-end video things i make, but, ya know… actually art, and not just legwork. can't *quite* shake the feeling that this was $20 million short of being a masterpiece (just as i'm having a little trouble making sense of how this movie doesn't end with a car chase), but this is still exactly the kind of shot in the arm that mid-budget studio filmmaking needs.

  • ★★★½ review by Peter Labuza on Letterboxd

    Edgar Wright would have never fit the 70s New Wave: he belongs at Warners in the 30s. Baby Driver colors inside the lines, but this is a stark contrast from other recent Hollywood films praised being "different enough." He wants the image on screen to matter more than the cultural conversation that occurs afterwards. He's rather cast a David Byrne than a emotive performance (perhaps to a slight detriment when the gears change). He wants to create tone and rhythm and pace - a movie with individual parts instead of a smoothed out surface. Car chases move more like Bollywood dance numbers than action scenes - with each car composed like an individual sari. He's a genuine dork, showing off his collection of tunes, jokes, and movie homages, but he always wants you in on it all with him. He wants to be obvious: a dissolve swims from a washer to a record, the characters move their feet right on tempo to the beat, and that first smile means love. Wright genuinely has no interest in subverting the Hollywood cinema; he just wants to remember all the details of why he fell in love with movies in the first place.

  • ★★★★★ review by Logan Kenny on Letterboxd

    it's a video game musical

  • ★★★★ review by Todd Gaines on Letterboxd

    Baby Driver is a music opera, car opera and gun opera all wrapped into one heist movie. It’s fun as hell, and almost certain to put a smile on your face.

    There’s a lot of music in Baby Driver. However, at least for me, not all the tunes are ones I know all the words to. But, that’s a good thing, because Baby’s taste in music is so eclectic, you would expect him to listen to a wide-range of music. Baby always has a tune in his head, and hopefully you will be nodding your head to the funky beats.

    I’ve seen better car chases, but Baby Driver brings the thrills and the high octane when it comes to car entertainment. I love the Atlanta, Georgia setting, and the driving left me on the edge of my seat. I like how the driving is filmed. It appears as Baby is doing all the work, but you know, it’s really the stunt drivers. I’m very pleased with how Edgar Wright films car thingy stuff.

    I like the gun play, a lot. There’s a couple of rapid fire shootouts, and the bullets go flying everywhere. I kept looking for doves to fly, but I never saw any.

    Ansel Elgort’s Baby is a goofy fella, who lives in his own little world, and literally marches to his own beat. You can’t help but cheer for him. You want him to live happily ever after with the lovely Lily James. They make a cute couple. Jon Hamm hams it up as the baddie who pretty much turns into the Terminator. Jamie Foxx finally does something worth talking about. He’s a menace to society as the baddie known as Bats. Kevin Spacey’s character probably has the most depth. I would love a prequel with him. My only complaint about the cast is how small Jon Bernthal’s role is. Way too small. Speaking of small, I smiled when Little Enos aka Paul Williams shows up as The Butcher. Baby Driver has a solid cast from top to bottom.

    Baby Driver is a ton of fun. I expect a lot of 5 star reviews. I don’t think it’s the greatest movie, but it's so entertaining. I had a blast. You must go see it at the movies. This film deserves to be seen on the biggest and loudest screen possible. I doubt I’ll see a more fun film this year.

  • ★★★★ review by brat pitt on Letterboxd

    THE POSITIVES

    + the synchronized soundtrack to the actions (obviously! this is a very lukewarm take but i still gotta mention it because it's THAT GOOD of a technique)

    + love that deaf representation!! 

    + sky ferreira 

    + made me forget i hate ansel elgort

    THE NEGATIVES

    - if only the characters' decisions were synchronized with their motivations 👀

    - uncomfy gender/racial politics (just ONCE i'd like to see a heist movie where women are more than just love interests. can't wait for Oceans Eight!) 

    - not enough sky ferreira

    - made me forget i hate ansel elgort

    BONUS

    +++ THE 3 SECOND CLIP OF BRAD PITT IN FIGHT CLUB

    VERDICT

    for 2 full hours this movie made me forget about how my beloved cat has been missing for a full day and ... that's honestly extremely impressive. thank you mr. baby driver



    EDIT: this story has a happy ending & my cat has been found :) now i have to rewatch when this burden isn't in the back of my mind haha

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