Crime, action, and Jamie Foxx, Baby Driver (2017) is without a doubt the best film I’ve seen this year. Every single part of the film is artistically and cinematically perfect.
After being forced into working for a crime boss, ‘Baby’ (Ansel Elgort) is led into the life of a getaway car driver. From the first scene his character is quiet and intricate, with a love for music and driving. Having only seen Ansel in films such as The Fault in Our stars (2014) and Divergent (2014) I wasn’t sure how the drama and romance would fit into this crime thriller but he executed it perfectly.
One of my favourite aspects of the film was the way they integrated the use of sound and music. Due to a ringing in his ears Baby listens to music almost 24/7 and Wright has managed to use this completely to his advantage. It becomes almost a personal connection with Baby and the audience with the diegetic and non-diegetic sound as only Baby and us can hear what he is listening to and how this affects the scene. One of my favourite uses of this was in fight scenes as the gun shots were matched with the beat and rhythm of the music. I had never seen this used in a film before and it worked effortlessly, making everything about the scene so much more exciting.
Each of the characters within the film are built beautifully. For example the criminals that he works with, such as the couple ‘Darling’ (Eiza Gonzalez) and ‘Buddy’ (John Hamm) who have a Bonnie and Clyde relationship, Jamie Foxx’s character ‘Bats’ an unstable and reckless criminal. Along with the big boss ‘Doc’ played by Kevin Spacey who has a soft spot for ‘Baby’ and his love interest ‘Debora’.
Normally, I find love stories in films boring and unnecessary, however I couldn’t help but root for ‘Debora’ and ‘Baby’. The integration of the music again worked well but I thought the scenes of them together were adorable and the use of montages and camera movements made their time together seem exciting and real.
Overall, this film is unlike any I have seen before. It is a unique blend of an amazing storyline with the cinematography and sound to match. It used humour, excitement and thrill leaving no boring moments and it is genuinely one of the best films I’ve seen.