Baby Driver is a shining example of some of the best filmmaking ever made. In a time where editing to a movie's soundtrack has become more widespread, Edgar Wright has centered himself as one of the best directors working today. It is not only for his impeccable song choices that blow James Gunn out of the water, or that amazing editing, but Wrights ability to be apart of every level of production. The attention to detail is on a whole other level that it can actually surprise you if you are not paying attention.
When the movie first starts, you are taken on a ride that just won't stop. You don't want it to stop either, enjoying and wanting more of it. From the very first scene, I was hooked. The music that fuels the movie is integral. In some instances, the movie could even be miscategorized as a musical and it works. The story is pretty simple, but the way that it all unravels is a spectacle. The driving, the action, the more serious moments, it all pulls you in deeper. The cherry on top for the whole movie is the little details you might not even notice. From graffiti on the walls to framing of shots, everything about the movie is meticulously crafted to create a great experience.
If there were any flaws in the movie, it would be when the romance is officially started. This happens in the second act and slows the movie down a little bit. The romance is cute and I like it, but the suddenness of it halts the believability of the movie for just a split second. This problem is remedied pretty quickly though with the third act, getting back to what made the movie great. From the amazing camera work to Wright's signature transitions, the movie is amazing. The exemplary acting in the movie is also a great element. With all the big actors doing a lot of heavy lifting to make it so you can't look away.
One of the most important and impressive parts about the movie is how it flows. This is always is important for a movie, but Edgar Wright proves he's the best at it. Not only is the legendary soundtrack a way to keep the movie flowing, but every sound made in the movie contributes to that flow as well. A standout moment of this in action is at the beginning of the movie as the main character walks down the street. He passes a man playing the trumpet, but if you pay close attention, the music and trumpet combine to add to the song playing in the background. Other examples of this are found in the gun shots, the closing and opening of doors, everything was filmed to the music. That is right, filmed not edited. Which means the actions had to be precise to fit the music, not the other way around.
Baby Driver is a masterpiece with a couple of flaws that don't really matter in its entirety. Do yourself a favor and see the movie, preferably on a big screen somewhere.
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