The 2017 heist-comedy was written and directed by Edgar Wright. It’s the story of a grown music-loving man named Baby….( Ansel Elgort ) a getaway driver in debt to Doc ( Kevin Spacey ).
Baby’s a getaway driver for thiefs. What seperates him from the rest is his love for music, he NEEDS to listen to music, otherwise he just can’t concentrate on the job. Every single heist is thought up by his boss/ basically owner Doc, a ruthless, likely sociopathic individual. The first job is lead by Griff ( Jon Bernthal ) an extremely tough and intimidating individual who can’t stand the very existance of Baby. Along with Buddy ( Jon Hamm ) who based on the portrayal, could have aced Negan, and his wife, Darling ( Eiza Gonzales )
Unlike the rest of the criminals in this story, Baby actually has a heart. He’s not in this because he wants to make bank quick. No. He’s in it because he has to, and is a genuinally good person. Doing things that might sabotage the mission, in order to ensure the safety of innocent bystanders.
Everything goes well and Baby goes to the local diner and meets the love of his life – Debora ( Lily James ). Baby then leads a double life of sorts, after completing his final job, this time teaming up with Jamie Foxx. After finishing it, he tries to settle down with Debora, to finally leave behind the archaic life of a criminal, only for Kevin Spacey to force him back in, threatening his girlfriend.
So he complies, and does another job, one last job, all the while trying to get out. Does he make it? Does he die? Does Debora die? I’ll leave you on that cliffhanger.
Overall, while I do find myself getting a better enjoyment from Wright’s cornetto trilogy, as opposed to his other works, Baby Driver was an enjoyable Hollywood movie.
It was also strange to see Spacey’s last major performance. Which frankly did not live up to his roles like Keyser Soze, John Doe or his American Beauty character. Wether or not his latest unreleased Italian film will be so much was watchable – I don’t know. It’s one thing to enjoy his work before everything came out, and another to support the roles he continues after. Some like Mel Gibson got away with it, but his actions were also much less severe than Spacey’s.
For what it was, Baby Driver was a neat, heist-movie/ musical that delivered a fun ride. 7.5/10.