BABY DRIVER is so incredibly well-edited and directed that every time I rewatch it, I’m still impressed (and a little salty it wasn’t recognized at the Oscars). The soundtrack has become one of my all-time favorites, and the pacing throughout the whole movie feels just right.
^ That’s the 280-character review I posted to Twitter
this week, but here’s some bonus content just for newsletter subscribers: A much wordier review I wrote for this movie the last time I saw it, which I posted to my now-defunct Instagram:
I adore BABY DRIVER (2017), which I have now seen five times in less than a year since its release. And I don’t even want to know how often I’ve listened to the music! It’s not as jokey as writer/director Edgar Wright’s other films, but it is just as brilliantly directed and edited. The synchronization of the (excellent) soundtrack with the action on screen is like sober synesthesia, and each new viewing reveals previously un-noticed little details. It’s a damn shame that this movie has the now-disgraced Kevin Spacey in it, and that he’s so good in the role of Doc. But one can enjoy with far less guilt the superb supporting performances from Jamie Foxx as Bats and Jon Hamm as Buddy. In a world of unwieldy cinematic universes and TV series that are actually 50-hour movies, it’s so refreshing to come upon a film like Baby Driver — one that introduces you to strongly written characters, takes you on a super-fun two-hour adventure and leaves you with 50 memorable quotes and a smile on your face. Now, time to go listen to the soundtrack again…