J.Nardo Says BABY DRIVER Is An Instant Classic

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FILM REVIEW: BABY DRIVER

BY JESSICA NARDO

In the land of sequels, prequels, reboots, and franchises, I sometimes starve for stand alone films. Now don’t get me wrong, I truly understand the greatness of films that have follow ups, not to mention other movies I am passionately waiting for part twos (The Strangers 2 has been on my waiting list for nearly a decade). However, with the massive success that Get Out was, surely other directors would shortly follow in suit in creating a universe that is just that. One moment in time, one story and one shot to tell it all. God damn does Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver deliver just that. Plug in all your senses because if you blink just once you may miss every bit of greatness that this movie is.

Edgar Wright has a decent past in movie making. He is one of the main collaborators in The Three Flavours Cornetto films (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz & The World’s End) as well as the film adaptation of graphic novel Scott Pilgrim V. The World. He has also shared some interesting head lines with his exit from Ant Man. Yet, it was that very exit that lead him to Baby Driver. The film is a combination of sound, action and plot development that has an ingenious way of replicating itself through out the film. We not only see the world through Baby’s eyes, main character played by Ansel Elgort, but we hear it. The sound track is in line with every gun shot, break hit and crash.

The opening sequence alone has hidden gems if you follow along with the lyrics. At first, the plot seems predictable. Boy finds himself wrapped up in the under belly of the crime world and longs to get out, especially after he meets the match to his heart, Deborah (Played by a captivating Lily James). At least that’s what Wright wants you to think. Is it a base for the movie, yes, is it all the movie is about, no. So without spoilers all that can be said is Baby Driver is a little more than…Baby driving. We also get to meet a unique collection of criminals who’s monickers show great parallels of what surrounds Baby and what his ultimate outcome must be.

Because the visuals are so dynamic and the transitions are so connected to sound, it’s truly difficult to put this movie into more words. The cons are even harder to find. To my knowledge, there may have been one or two editing errors (which I vigilantly look for) but the only other flaw I could sense was that some audiences may not enjoy the fact that there is only this end. There is going to be more parts of the story people may want and unfortunately, that will not happen. You get what you get and you don’t get upset!

Summer movies will be flooded with continuums and refreshers but it’s Baby Driver that will not only be a stand alone film but stand high. With that, it should be in line to become the next instant classic it deserves to be,and will have you singing B-A-B-Y Baby all the way down the open road.

 

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