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 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

  • ★★★★★ review by Katie on Letterboxd

    things I noticed the second time around 

    - in the harlem shuffle scene, the lyrics were painted on the walls

    - buddy and darling have "his" and her" tattoos on their necks

    - everytime baby thinks he'll never see debora again he kisses her goodbye

    - this is the best edgar wright film

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