Edgar Wright makes an Edgar Wright film. The Cornetto trilogy, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and what could have been with Ant Man, there is an aesthetic that is truly Wrightian. Part canvas, part composition, Wright is a film maker of true discipline.
It would be easy to compare Baby Driver to countless other films; Hudson Hawk, True Romance, Drive… To do this is pointless. Derivation is all well and good. What film maker doesn’t borrow or steal from others? It’s what you do with it that counts.
The story of Baby Driver is a familiar one. Main guy works for someone, paying off a debt, doing one last job, meets a girl…I’m not going to tell you any more about the story.
What I will tell you is that is an audio/visual treat from beginning to end. Every beat of the film is composed. Every shot is beautifully drawn. This is first class orchestration from a filmmaker who makes the film he wants to make.
We should be thankful that there is some storytelling with integrity out there.
Baby Driver will divide audiences. On the surface, it could be written off as cars and music. Look deeper.
Baby Driver opened in the UK on Wednesday 28th June 2017.
Full trailer can be seen here.