When Oscar season rolled around, everyone was raving about La La Land, and how the modern day musical had broken new ground in the cinematic world.
However, had Edgar Wright’s latest feature film Baby Driver been out at the same time this would have been a no contest for the Brit.
Throughout cinematic history there have been great movie soundtracks, and musical scores, but rarely has a film been set to the music of what the characters are hearing, and it is this stroke of genius which makes Baby Driver stand head and shoulders above the crowd.
The film follows getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) who is constantly listening to music to drown out the humming from tinnitus, which he got from being involved in a car accident when he was a little boy.
After clearing his debt with thug king pin Doc (Kevin Spacey) – who has some of the best one liners in the film – Baby thinks he is free from a life of crime and is set to hit the open road with his girlfriend, Debora (Lily James).
However, things aren’t that simple as Doc calls in his “lucky charm” for one more big pay off, teaming him with the always on edge Bats (Jamie Foxx) the slick and sexy Buddy (John Hamm – a long way from his Don Draper days) and the seductive Darling (Eiza González).
But what plagues Baby is his conscious to do the right thing, and it is this kind heart displayed by Wright’s leading man that could cause the whole thing to unravel.
With the characters established and the sounds blasting into the drivers ear, the audience is taken on a heart pounding journey from the opening scene, where we see Baby tapping on the steering wheel along to ‘Bellbottoms’ by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (ironically a song that Wright basically set the whole film around.)
But for the first film that the director has had both directorial and writing credits, it has allowed the man who brought us Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgram vs The World and Hot Fuzz the chance to really shine with the camera.
Some of the shots are so slick they are Oscar worthy – going back to the La La Land comparison, there is a scene where Baby dances around the kitchen making a sandwich which would put Ryan Gosling’s dancing to shame.
Baby Driver has everything, action, comedy, violence and love, and it is a wheel spinning.
JUST AN INSIGHT SCORE: 9/10