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"Baby Driver" Movie Review

Updated on December 17, 2021
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Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.

Fast & Furious wishes it was this cool. Baby Driver was surprisingly fresh and entertaining. While it doesn't have the insane million-to-one-chance stunts that Fast & Furious has, Baby Driver boasted something far greater: a fantastic story with top-notch acting from a cast with great chemistry and stunts that are eye-popping but not ridiculously implausible.

The film centers around Baby, played by Ansel Elgort, who is a driver for a crew of mobsters headed by Doc, played by Kevin Spacey. Baby has been paying off a debt that he owed Doc and he's finally to the point where he's done. He meets the lovely Deborah at a diner and falls for her. The two quickly start their relationship and Baby seems like he's on top of the world....UNTIL....and there's always an 'until' when it comes to mobsters....Doc comes to Baby needing him for a job and talks him into - no, scratch that - forces him to take it. Baby is right back where he started before he knows it. Now, if he wants to be with Deborah and have a life with her, he will have to find a way out of the mob business alive.

The film kept me on the edge of my seat, had me laughing, had me loving and hating characters, had me cheering and booing....Baby Driver has it all. There's only one real complaint I have about the film and that's Jon Bernthal's character. No, it's not a complaint about his acting or even him. My complaint is the misuse of his character. When we see him, he's challenging Baby which seems to be setting up a confrontation between the two later. But that's the only time we see him. He steps off the elevator and says, "If you don't see me tomorrow, then I'm dead." We certainly never see him after those words so does that mean Doc killed him? Maybe he was killed by some other means? We never get any answer to that question and that's just too bad because I would have preferred Bernthal over Jamie Foxx any day. However, Foxx does dominate his role and adds to the tension of the film; I just can't help but wonder what the film would have been like had the already established tension between Baby and Bernthal been explored.

In conclusion, Baby Driver is near-perfect and deserves all the positive praise it has been getting and more. As I said before, the only problem I had with it was the misuse of Bernthal's character. Everything else was fantastic. So, with that in mind, I give Baby Driver a 3.5 out of 4.

© 2017 Nathan Jasper


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