Baby Driver

This is the rare film that takes you on a ride and sends you away with a hop in your step, a bob in your head, and a smile on your face.

A common sentiment among the film going world is that movies ought to serve as escapism, to do nothing more than take audiences in, chew them up and spit them out two hours later thinking about something different than what they had for lunch. The good news is that Baby Driver satisfies on all counts and then some. 

This is the rare film that takes you on a ride and sends you away with a hop in your step, a bob in your head, and a smile on your face.

The movie throws you right into the action with Baby, a driver for a rogue’s gallery of tough customers, in the midst of a brazen bank heist. The robbers are brought to life by some of the most charismatic actors currently working and the number of quotable lines in this movie is astounding. Jamie Foxx is a particular standout as a psychopath aptly named Bats. But it’s the characters outside of the flashy set pieces that give Baby Driver its emotional backbone and ultimately set it apart from anything else in cinema right now. 

Music is at the core of this film, making seemingly mundane narrative beats like trips to coffee shops and diners engaging and lively. The movie plays like a bullet-ridden and blood-soaked La La Land. 

It’s worth noting that the story is on the darker side with a considerable body count as well, but the film never loses its charm and sweetness suggested by its vibrant soundtrack. An open mind will serve you well on this ride.

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