Baby Driver: Original swagger

Baby Driver is hard to pin down. It’s part action film, heist film, there is romance there, comedy and at times it feels like a musical. There is a lot going on in this film.

I’ll tell you what though, Baby Driver is original. This is an arthouse film masquerading as a mainstream Hollywood blockbuster – don’t let the cast list fool you.  

In a nutshell, the film is about a freakishly good getaway driver that listens to a whole lot of music. The driver’s name is Baby (hence the name of the film) and we watch as he tries to come to terms with his life of crime.

Now, Baby Driver is excellent and deserves every bit of praise that it is getting; lord knows it made me feel patriotic to the point where I had to stop myself singing God Save the Queen in the cinema (bravo Mr Edgar Wright).

However, Baby Driver has two major faults:

  • At nearly two hours, the film felt too long. It simply couldn’t keep pace for it’s running time.
  • I couldn’t care less about any of the characters. Despite its great roster of actors, not one of them made me fall deeply – not Kevin Spacey, not the Ansel Elgort, not Lily James or Jon Hamm.

If you do go and see this film, and you should, don’t go in expecting a deep and meaningful character driven story. Baby Driver’s action, originality and swagger is why it is a special film.



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