Baby Driver

What happens when you take a heist film and focus it around music?

You get Baby Driver.

This movie is certainly stylish. The soundtrack is great, and compliments the film very well. I especially enjoyed how certain sound effects were synced to the beat of the music in the background.

The cinematography is also exciting and great to look at. There are many scenes and transitions that fit the feel of the movie very well. All of the driving sequences are filmed beautifully and contribute to the adrenaline rush of Baby Driver.

The biggest problem with the movie is the writing – both the script and the plot itself.

The script ranges from mediocre to blatantly horrible. A lot of the dialogue between Baby (Ansel Elgort) and Debora (Lily James) is simply cringe inducing. Likewise, much of the interaction between Darling (Eliza Gonzalez) and Buddy (Jon Hamm) is just terrible.

The writing is so bad in places that even Kevin Spacey can’t redeem some of the lines that his character utters.

The characters are one-dimensional and forgettable. Bats (Jamie Foxx) is crazy, and he certainly doesn’t let the viewer forget it. Darling and Buddy are the Bonnie and Clyde type, dedicated to each other until the end. Doc (Kevin Spacey) is the one character with potential, but we literally learn nothing about him.

The story is full of holes and things that really made me question the limits of my suspension of disbelief.

Doc is supposedly this mastermind who has orchestrated several robberies and has never been caught. And yet, he allows someone like Bats on his crew – not once, but twice! There is no way that someone like Doc would allow someone so mentally unstable to be involved in his plans. In that same vein, why wouldn’t Doc inform the group that his gun contacts are dirty cops?

Debora and Baby go on one date, and she’s immediately beholden to him. I just couldn’t justify that, based on their extremely new and limited relationship, she was willing to trust him completely, commit crimes for him, and wait five years for him to be released from prison.

I won’t go into the excruciating details of Buddy miraculously surviving a shoot-out with dozens of police officers.

Overall, Baby Driver feels like a generic heist movie that is well-made and features a good soundtrack.

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