Writer/Director Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is one of the best and most unique action films of the year…what Kingsman: The Secret Service was to action-film lovers in 2014.
It’s the first action film I remember that gives a key credit to a Choreographer…Ryan Huffington. And that has to do with the way Cinematographer Bill Pope’s camera whirls around male lead Ansel Elgort and the film’s amazing car chases, all perfectly cut together by Editors Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss.
Baby (Elgort) is obligated to a crime boss played by Kevin Spacey and has to be the getaway driver for the heists he creates. And, not since Jason Statham’s Transporter franchise has there been a driver as adept and fearless as this young man, who was traumatized as a boy, when his mother and father died in a car accident that left him with a permanent buzz in his ears, for which he uses non-stop music over his headphone as an antidote.
When Baby meets a waitress played by Lily James, he knows he has to get out of this work, but the crime lord is adamant about his staying.
Just as Wonder Woman brought in a lot of non-action film viewers, I think that same crowd will be open to Baby Driver. I give it a 4.6 out of 5.