A short disclaimer before I get into this: I’m a huge Edgar Wright fangirl. It’s very hard for me to fault him, but I don’t think I would do that much even if I wasn’t a fan in this case.
That being said, let’s get the only negative out of the way here. There are a COUPLE plot holes in this movie in terms of backstory. Other than that – holy hell was this a movie. I’m ready to watch this movie about a thousand more times.
The beauty of Edgar Wright doesn’t really lie in his writing anyways. His style has always been his greatest asset, and that holds true for “Baby Driver.” I almost want to watch this movie over and over again at half speed to go through all the cuts and camera movements in this film. In all of Edgar’s films, his choreography with the camera and hard, stylistic cuts have always been the things to draw people in. The way he uses these two elements has always been a vehicle that pushes his movies forward. Add that to seamlessly incorporating an amazing soundtrack as part of the storyline and you’ve got hands down one of the most entertaining movies of 2017. (I know it’s the movie’s tagline, but it really does have a killer soundtrack.)
Also, what a cast. I’m having a hard time trying to imagine who could have been more fitting than Ansel Elgort, considering his experience with music. This was a role that was definitely tailored to the actor, and his character’s shortcomings makes you immediate invested in Baby. Also, Lily James is nothing but the most charming in this flick. Furthermore, I just really love a crazy Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx. The three of them more or less played a varied version of characters they’ve played before in other projects – which I’m totally down for because you shouldn’t fix what isn’t broken. I have nothing but the highest respect for Eiza Gonzalez for booking this role and making a huge jump from novelas to this huge summer flick. I have and will always be a big supporter of increased representation for any and all minorities in the mainstream media.
Bottom line, this movie is meant to be seen and heard in theaters. That, and it’s the most fun I’ve had at the movies in 2017 so far. I’m just going to go watch Scott Pilgrim and Hot Fuzz over and over until the next time I’m able to see Baby Driver now.