Baby Driver

  • Mary's
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R rated

If you like heart-stopping driving, this is the movie for you. It puts a capital “T” in thrills. There are more twists and turns in this movie than a roller coaster ride and that’s what you are on from beginning to end in “Baby Driver.”

After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

Ancel Elgort stars as Baby. You’ve seen Elgort as Caleb in the Divergent series. Jon Hamm, of “Mad Men” fame and a native of St. Louis, is Buddy. Eiza Gonzalez is Darling. Academy Award Winner Kevin Spacey is Doc. Lily James is Baby’s love interest, Debora and Jamie Foxx is Bats.

The acting in this film is excellent. Jon Hamm who is normally gorgeous looked really skanky. I like him better well-groomed but his acting was spot-on. Elgort who has only been acting for four years is great as Baby and I think this is a young man to watch in the future. He has five films coming out this year and another one was just announced. He is a very busy young man.

“Baby Driver” was written and directed by Edgar Howard Wright an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor.

I found myself rooting for Baby to break free from the life of crime and get away with the love of his life but instead he seems to sink deeper and deeper into the morass of crime. The bad guys, and everyone but Baby is a bad guy, are really bad. Kevin Spacey does bad so good. Ever since “The Usual Suspects,” Spacey has flipped back and forth from good guy to bad guy in movies. There are very few actors that don’t get type cast as either good or bad, but Spacey is an outstanding actor.

The stunt drivers in this film are absolutely astonishing. I found myself clutching the arms of my chair while they were shooting down the city streets, making turns on two wheels, and burning lots of rubber. This was the best car chase I have ever seen in a movie. If you thought Steve McQueen’s chase scenes in “Bullitt” through the streets of San Francisco was electrifying, you ain’t seen nothing yet until you’ve seen “Baby Driver.” The driving will put your teeth on edge.

“Baby Driver” opens this week at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12 and Granite City Cinema.

 

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