Love Bridgnorth’s film reviewer Charlie Pugh gives us his take on the latest gangster movie now showing at Bridgnorth’s Majestic Cinema; Weekdays: 5:30pm and 8:20pm Weekends: 3:10pm, 5:50pm and 8:30pm
Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a young gangster getaway driver who listens to music to get over his tinnitus. When he meets the beautiful waitress Debora (Lily James) this is his chance to leave behind his criminal lifestyle behind…however his boss (Kevin Spacey) and Baby’s fellow criminal friends have other ideas…
Director Edgar Wright puts a refreshing spin on the gangster genre with Baby Driver using Tarintino style editing combined with clever cinematography to display 1970’s Art Deco film posters, mixed in with a cute romance between Baby and Debora .
Although the film isn’t a comedy Wright’s trademark wit is displayed through an unlikely juxtaposition of some pretty violent scenes set against the music that Baby listens to. This strengthens the narrative, creating some really funny moments that involve Baby’s reactions to both of these elements.
Overall, despite some minor gripes with the other gang members, with the exception of Kevin Spacey’s mafia boss character and Doc and Jamie Foxx’s bloodthirsty Bats getting some interesting moments, Baby Driver is a wild ride that celebrates the spirit of 1970’s gangster cinema with an extremely likeable lead in the form of Ansel Elgort.