Quick Take: Baby Driver
From the first breathtaking sequence that opens the film, I knew this movie was something special. In fact, when it was all said and done, Baby Driver happened to be my favorite movie of the summer so far and perhaps the year.
Now it's not like robbery/heist movies are anything new or revolutionary, but this particular story is told so freshly and so unique it almost feels like the only film of its kind. Most of that is due to its characters. Ansel Elgort turns in a career making performance that has to make Lucasfilm a little regretful that they didn't tap him in the young Han Solo role. The story follows Baby, an unlikely getaway driver with a strong passion for the perfect soundtrack to accompany him, who also happens to be amazingly good at his job. Baby is a kid with a good heart and good intentions, but is never able to leave his life of crime. That changes when he meets a waitress (Lily James) who inspires him to try to make a fresh start. But his employers don't make it so easy on him to walk away.
I absolutely loved this film and its soundtrack and honestly, I can't rave about it enough. Plus, as a connoisseur of fine editing, I must say, Baby Driver is an editor's dream film. If this doesn't win best editing come next year's Academy Awards, I'll be crushed. Do yourself a favor, and see this film as soon as you can.
It's a blast. RATING: 9.5/10