Baby Driver (2017)

I have been looking forward to Baby Driver for awhile now. I’ve been a huge fan of Edgar Wright ever since Scott Pilgrim back in 2010. Unfortunately I may have gotten my hopes up a bit too high. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, but couldn’t help feeling a little disappointed when it was over. 

Ansel Elgort plays Baby, a teenage getaway driver for Doc (Kevin Spacey), a crime boss who makes his money putting together heists with various groups of thugs including Jaime Fox, Jon Hamm, and Eiza Gonzalez. Baby is always the designated getaway driver. 

Baby’s parents died in a car accident when he was a child. He survived but suffered damage to his ears that left him with a permanent drumming in his ears. He plays music to drown it out, and as a result had been gifted with near perfect rhythm. This in turn has made him an amazing driver.

Baby pays his dues and decides to leave the game to spend time with his new girlfriend Debora (Lily James), but is dragged back in when Doc threatens her life if he doesn’t comply. He begrudgingly agrees, but has his own plans. He tells Debora to be ready at 2am for a road trip.

The plan for the heist is to hold up a post office for money order slips that they can turn to cash. Baby is sent to scout out the building for cameras and security measures. When he arrives he meets the teller (Allison King) he begins to have second thoughts about the whole thing. 

Bats (Jaime Fox) is known for killing people unnecessarily. Baby hates violence and so when he arrives at the post office for the heist, he trusts to warn the teller from the day before not to go inside. She gets nervous and alerts a security guard who comes to investigate just as the group is coming out of the building.

Now everything goes to hell and everyone but Buddy (Jon Hamm) and Baby are dead, including Buddy’s wife Darling (Eiza Gonzalez). Baby books it out of there, only to be hunted down by Buddy, who’s still a little sour about Baby’s involvement in his wife’s demise. 

After a scuffle in a parking garage, Buddy ends up dead. Baby and Debora attempt their escape, but are trapped by a police blockade. Baby decides it’s time to stop running and turns himself in. 

During his trial, no one has a bad thing to say about him. The judge gives him 10 years. For some reason Debora waits for him after only knowing him for a month or two and they go on their roadtrip together when he is released.

As I said, I enjoyed it. All in all it was a great movie, but compared to last Edgar Wright films I’ve seen, it left something to be desired. It was a solid 4 out of 5, and definitely worth watching.

– D