5 Reasons why you need to see Baby Driver
Although he may not be a household name yet, with his latest film, Baby Driver, surely even non-film aficionados will soon know who he is. Most famous for his "Cornetto" trilogy, comprising of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End, and all made with collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, these three films are something of cult classics. He also directed the Toronto-set Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, which many consider a masterpiece of stylistic filmmaking.
Baby Driver follows in its footsteps as an equally stylistic crime film about Baby (Ansel Elgort), a young getaway driver who's paying a debt to a mob boss (Kevin Spacey). It's a story we've seen before, but it has never quite unfolded like it does in Baby Driver, where the twist is that Baby has tinnitus, a syndrome causing permanent ringing of the ears, and he drowns this out by listening to music.
This in turn leads us to a music-fuelled and choreographed extravaganza, making Baby Driver fast-paced, filled with action, and a film that'll have you singing and dancing too. Here are five reasons why you must-see one of the biggest and best movies of this year, now available at the Cineplex Store.
The MusicWright really outdoes himself with the soundtrack to Baby Driver. With hits from the likes of Queen, The Beach Boys, Beck, Barry White, and so many more, the music in Baby Driver covers a wide range of genres, and yet every song feels so perfectly selected for each moment. Because the music plays such an important role in this film, it's clear how integral it was to get this exactly right, and you'll leave the theatre craving to listen to these songs (whether they're new discoveries or old favourites), again and again.
The Car ChasesIf there's one thing we love in a movie, it's a good, old-fashioned, car chase. It's something that is seemingly realistic, but that most of us will never witness in our real lives. Many movies have perfected the art of the car chase, but we have never seen anything quite like what happens in Baby Driver. Baby is the fastest and craziest driver you may ever see on film, and these car chases sequences are very likely to blow your mind.
This is where the aforementioned music and car chases come together, along with the rest of the film, as Baby Driver is a unique and maybe even revolutionary example of what good editing can do for a film. Because all of the car chase sequences are choreographed to the music, this makes for an epic feat of film editing unlike anything we've seen before. Not to mention the general fast pace of the film, the dreamy romance sequences, the home life sequences, and how all of these things brilliantly piece together.
None of us could have expected that teen star Ansel Elgort could've made such a charming lead, especially one of few words. Baby as a character doesn't speak all that much, but Elgort carries him with a charisma that draws you to the character instantly. After seeing him here, we're excited to see what other turns his career will take. The supporting cast nearly steals the show, however, with explosive work from veterans Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm, scene-stealing moments from relative newcomers Eiza Gonzalez and Lily James, and of course, the always pitch-perfect Kevin Spacey.
People have been talking about Baby Driver all year. It's a completely original, stand-alone film that is proving to Hollywood that you don't need to be part of a large franchise to own the box office. While almost everyone can agree that Baby Driver is an incredibly fun time at the movies, there's still tons to debate and discuss once the film is over. 2017 is really proving to be the year of the auteur, where directors new and old are owning it with brilliant, original works of art that audiences are loving (here's looking at other films like Split and Get Out). Baby Driver is not just a movie you'll want to see because of how great it is, but it has remained top of mind even months after its release.
Baby Driver is now available at the Cineplex Store!