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Before Baby Driver and working with A-list actors, Edgar Wright arrived on the scene with Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes, Nick Frost, and Michael Smiley in the Channel 4 sitcom, Spaced. A gig he got while directing a series of early sketches for British comedians David Walliams and Matt Lucas (Little Britain).
Since then, Edgar Wright continued with his close circle and released everyone’s favourite Zomedy, Shaun Of The Dead. Not long after, Hot Fuzz was released as the second part of his trilogy, paying tribute to just about every Hollywood cop movie released. Then to complete his trilogy, the ultimate pub-crawl movie was released, The World’s End.
Wright then went on to make Scott Pilgrim Vs The World; a comic book adaptation starring Michael Cera. Scott Pilgrim really wasn’t my thing but it’s a film that is regarded as one the best when it comes to comic book adaptations.
Wright was also attached to direct Marvel’s Ant-Man but the project fell through due to creative differences with the studio. Baby Driver is the result of his cancelled Marvel movie, so thank you, Marvel!.
Wright is known for taking inspiration from classic cinema and adding his own unique twist. With his Cornetto trilogy, he played homage to movies like Dawn Of The Dead, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, and with Hot Fuzz, just about every cliche cop movie you can possibly think of. You can see heavy influences to classic cinema in every one of his movies.
With Baby Driver, he pays tribute to classic car movies like Steve McQueen’s, Bullit (1968) or The Getaway (1972). All of this is smothered in 90’s crime-style destruction. If you’re going into this movie expecting the action that comes with the Fast & The Furious franchise, you’ll be sorely disappointed. However, if you’re into the above-mentioned films, then I think you will find Baby Driver a modern classic in the making.
While not my favourite movie from Wright, Baby Driver oozes confidence and has the OST to back it up. The entire film is directed wonderfully and choreographed to sync in with the epic Baby Driver soundtrack.
The film does slip in the second half. I think this is mainly because the opening sequence was one of the best to come out of Hollywood: After that opening sequence, I knew it was going to be hard to top that, unfortunately for me, it was the truth
The film follows a talented young driver called, Baby. He is a getaway driver and the best in the business. He also suffers from Tinnitus which makes him constantly blast his iPod for a distraction to the constant humming in his ears. His hearing problem was the result of a car accident that claimed his hearing, but also the lives of his parents.
Looking to go straight after falling for a waitress (Lily James) he is pressurised by a crime boss to do one last job. We all know from any other movie in the history of cinema!: "one last job" never is as straightforward as it sounds.
While not perfect, Baby Driver is still a hugely enjoyable film and one of the strongest releases this year.
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