After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.
Edgar Wright is easily one of the best directors working right now, especially in comedy, so it’s no surprise he has made the best film of the year by far. Baby Driver is filled with action, energy, humor, and brilliant filmmaking. Wright directs every single shot and action scene without flaw, mixing every song from the soundtrack and every gunshot, car screech, and sound together perfectly. Every line delivered is hilarious, and there isn’t a single moment that didn’t entertain me. The way we learn about the protagonist, Baby, is done interestingly, as we learn enough information about him at first but only learn everything by the ending. Ansel Elgort, who had his breakthrough as a popular main role in The Fault in our Stars, and he’s even better here, bringing everything we needed to root for Baby. Kevin Spacey is great as Baby’s boss, who never overracts and always entertains. Jamie Foxx is extremely over-the-top in his role but undeniably one of the best parts of the film. The rest of the cast, including Lily James as Debora, Baby’s girlfriend, as well as Jon Hamm as Buddy, a bank robber working with Baby, are also terrific.
Wright has never failed to impress me before with his marvelous work on comedies such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pligrim vs. the World, all of which are among the best comedies of recent years. His style is extremely recognizable and extraoridnary. His cinematography, soundtrack, editing, and dialogue decisions are all part of what brings so much life to all his films, and this one does not fail to stand out. The action scenes are excellently shot, and none of the comedic moments miss their mark. Some of the scenes are built on the song in the background and these scenes are some of the coolest in the movie. The final 30 minutes are an epic ride of blood, gunshots, car chases, and pure entertainment. Whether you like action or comedy, this is a much better choice to go watch than Wonder Woman or what is mostly advertised everywhere. If you want a special and truly perfect modern action film, Baby Driver is the one you should see.