Release Year: 2017
Director: Edgar Wright
Writer: Edgar Wright
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzáles, C.J. Jones, Jon Bernthal
Nominated for 3 Oscars: Best Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing. Nominated for 1 Golden Globe: Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Ansel Elgort). Nominated for 1 Saturn Award: Best Action/Adventure Film.
A reluctant, but talented, young geatway driver known as Baby (Ansel Elgort) is coerced into performing a final heist doomed to fail.
Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 2010) has a knack for making cinematic love letters to various genres and at the same time making an original contribution to said genre. The same is true of Baby Driver, which is a loveletter to caper and heist films and is in itself an excellent addition to the subgenre. Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars, 2014) stars as the titular driver, a young and tight-lipped man who is an excellent getaway driver but does not have the heart of a criminal, In fact, he is forced to do jobs for Kevin’s Spacey’s crime boss because of a mistake he made once. Just as his debt is paid and he thinks he can stop, he meets the lovely waitress Deborah, played by Lily James (Yesterday, 2019), and the two have an instant connection. Unfortunately, he is forced to perform one more task that looks impossible alongside a highly unstable crew, and the final half of the film is a thrilling attempt for our hero to get out of it alive. Wright has a knack for visual story telling as well as a great ability to use music and Baby Driver is no exception. From the first moment to the last, it is a thrilling and actionpacked ride set to some awsome tunes. Highly recommended!
The Mike Myers masks used in the film were actually supposed to be Michael Myers masks, but the studio was unable to obtain permission. Wright instead reached out to comedian Mike Myers asking to use masks of him as Austin Powers instead. Myers thought the idea was funny and approved.
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