(Edgar Wright, 2017)
Reviewed by Dave Lancaster
Summary: Edgar Wright's unexpected box office smash combines music, car chases and Tarantino-esque dialogue with intoxicatingly vibrant results.
It's so refreshing to chance upon a film that is so assured, so kinetic and so brazenly opposite to what should be box office gold. Baby Driver raked in nearly a quarter of a billion dollars from a relatively modest budget of $34m. Sure it's got car chases, some solid names and pretty faces in the cast and the odd shoot-out to boot but it's got something else: attitude.
Combining the sheen of a jolly Hollywood musical and the edgy swagger of a Tarantino crime thriller, Edgar Wright's Baby Driver plays out like an epic music video against a Michael Mann backdrop.
It follows a reserved yet expert young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who insists on timing his high speed escapes to the beats of his stash of iPods. Naturally he wants to get out of the game but an overbearing crime boss (Kevin Spacey) insists on the old cliche of one last job involving a trio of dangerous thieves (Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Eiza González) before he drive off into the bubblegum pop sunset with the girl of his dreams (Lily James).
Wright, with the likes of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz behind him, has a gift for exploiting archetypes and stereotypes to his advantage sending them into his scenes like cannon fodder for his surprising scripts and filming choices to pick off like fish in a barrel. Be sure to take the ride into Wright's cinematic fever dream - it's exhilarating escapism.
The Blu-ray special features include:
- That's My Baby: Edgar Wright featurette
- I Need A Killer Track: The Music featurette
- Devil Behind The Wheel: The Car Chases featurette
- Meet Your New Crew: Doc's Gang featurette
- Commentary with Edgar Wright & Bill Pope
- Mint Royale "Blue Song" Music Video
- Over 20 minutes of Deleted and Extended Scenes (Exclusive to Blu-ray)
- Mozart In A Go-Kart: Ansel Drives featurette (Exclusive to Blu-ray)
- Find Something Funky on There: The Choreography featurette (Exclusive to Blu-ray)
- Animatics featurette (Exclusive to Blu-ray)
- Complete Storyboard Gallery (Exclusive to Blu-ray)
- And more!