Baby Driver (15)

Dec 12, 2018
Cranbrook Film Society

Baby, a music loving orphan, is a heist getaway driver for a rotating crew of bank robbers. Accomplished but aloof, he dreams of a different life. Stylish, fast paced and sometimes plain silly, the film takes us through amazing stunts accompanied with a fabulous sound track.

Edgar Wright | USA/UK | 2017 | 110 mins | 15


Baby Driver was written and directed by English filmmaker Edgar Wright a man known for amongst other creations ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’.

Set in Atlanta Georgia this is the story of a gifted but reluctant getaway driver “Baby” played by Ansel Elgort…it’s a heist caper with a difference…it was actually originally conceived more than a decade ago and was meant to star Noel Fielding (part of the Mighty Boosh comedy troop)!

Yes the plot is predictable, the characters and dialogue clichéd/parodies but this is not the point. This film keeps you on the edge of your seat because it is all choreography and synchronicity, a kind of segued pastiche of Tarantino, Guy Ritchie, grand ballet and Loony Tunes…it’s the editing that drives the narrative and not the usual way round.

For once the term “well crafted’ is deserved, indeed most of the film’s awards are for music, editing and screenplay. The unlikely protagonists pursue a cat and mouse game with the audience’s credulity as they power drive/dance around the urban wastes of Atlanta.

Rated by the National board Review as one of the best films of 2017, just take a backseat and enjoy the ride.

That’s all folks.
Philip Bret-Day


            Weighted vote 82.88%