Driving the beat
I wasn't much of a music fan when I was a kid; that honor belonged to my older sister who at one point had a CD collection that could have filled a storage closet. Every night from her room I could hear her blasting out music of all types, from pop, cumbia, tejano, and even old-school hip hop. It wasn't until I started high school when I began following music which led to the purchase of my very first CD; the Gorillaz' debut album. I remembered how I became enamored with the rhythm of the music and the flow of the lyrics; shortly thereafter I started paying attention to how certain types of music were implemented in movies with some notable examples such as the Kill Bill films, Dazed and Confused, 8 Mile, Guardians of the Galaxy, and now Baby Driver. Since his youth, Baby (Ansel Elgort) has been Doc's (Kevin Spacey) getaway driver for his successful operations, considering him his lucky charm. What attributes to Baby's incredible driving skills is he listens to music to heighten his focus and to drown out distractions; specifically the humming in his ear due to tinnitus. Baby pays off his debt to Doc and decides to leave the criminal underworld so he can carry a carefree life with his waitress sweetheart Debora (Lily James). All seems to be going well for Baby until Doc presents him with a new job that requires his skills once again; goading Baby to take on the job to ensure Debora's safety. Some movies you can just tell from the very start that it's going to be something special. From the moment I saw Baby pull up in his red Subaru while jamming to "Bellbottoms"by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and then getting psyched for his getaway as his fellow robber associates get into the car, I knew this was going to be an experience. At its' core, Baby Driver is a heist film but its' colorful soundtrack and awesomely coordinated set-pieces makes it feel like an action-thrilled music video cranked to an 11. Ansel kills it as Baby and delivers an exceptional performance; the same goes for the supporting actors whom not only nail their roles but add weight to the film's plot. The film's soundtrack also adds a level of depth to the film which, along with developing Baby's character, affects the dynamic of certain scenes. Let's just say that after seeing this film, you'll be thinking of the "Tequila" song in a totally different perspective. Seldom do soundtracks play an importance in a film's plot but only a few incorporate as well as Baby Driver does, resulting in cinematic bliss and a delightful, excellent time at the movies. In a summer filled with a plethora of sequels and remakes, it's refreshing to see something that dares to be original and pulls off the rarity of being enjoyable to watch. Baby Driver is one of the best films of the summer and of the year as well, and is absolutely highly recommended.