I have had a roller coaster of movie experiences this summer coming out of the theater lately. Definitely started on a strong note with Wonder Woman, and hit a low point with Transformers: The Lost Knight. It has been a very long time since I have had a truly great cinematic experience that makes me feel invigorated immediately after. That feeling came back to me last week, right after I saw a movie called Baby Driver.
This movie is a lot of things, but at its core, it’s just a bunch of fun to watch. Out of the loaded cast and really interesting character development, one aspect of this movie shines above the rest; the soundtrack. So much so, I am listening to it while I wrote this review. “Bellbottoms” by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion starts it off, setting the tone that you are about to see something very interesting and unexpected.
And this is not a shoot-em-up, high octane is all you get movie. Yes, there are car chases, shoot outs, and crime that bring new spins on each of the usual components to movies. Even the first time you see our main character, Baby, walk to get coffee is something I hadn’t thought to see in this movie. That may be where the fun of this movie really comes from. You see things you have seen in every movie, but you see them in different ways. Take Jon Hamm’s character, Buddy, for example. You get a really fun and crazy character that I would never think Hamm would play and he does an incredible job.
The plot of this movie is somewhat done through a formula of sorts. After talking to a few people, the phrase “I just got one last job until I leave this life of crime behind” is the best way to personify the premise. While you may imagine that this type of movie has been done time and time again, I assure you, Baby Driver takes it to a new place and a higher level. Its a testament to the film that it has already slipped in at #127 on the IMDB 250 list. I would give this movie a 5 out of 5, go and see this movie on the big screen and do it now!