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“Baby Driver” delivers thrills to award season

By Amanda Groves, Staff Writer

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Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” may be the most choreographed film of our time. One may argue that such a title could go to films such as “West Side Story” or “Step Up.” However, neither of these films include a grenade explosion that lines up with the final beat of “Tequila” by The Champs, or gunshots that fall on the piano notes of Blur’s “Intermission.”
With awards session underway, “Baby Driver” may bring home three Academy Awards, March 4.
“Baby Driver” is not about a baby that drives. In fact, it has nothing to do with babies. Hearing-impaired main character Baby (Ansel Elgort) is in debt to crime lord Doc (Kevin Spacey) after he steals his car as a boy. Doc has Baby pay his dues by making him the getaway driver for the robberies Doc’s henchmen (Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Eiza Gonzalez) commit.
After making his final payment, Baby meets Debora (Lily James), a waitress at Bo’s Diner. They fall in love, but soon Baby is back to working for Doc. Against his better judgement, Baby drives again and is in for the ride of a lifetime when his final heist lands him in jail.
Countless bullets, loud explosions and high-speed driving land this movie right in the hearts of cinematic thrill seekers. Romantics will fall for the love shared between Darling (Eiza Gonzalez) and Buddy (Jon Hamm) and the damsel in distress connection of Baby and Debora, although Debora isn’t the damsel in this case.
Those who love a good laugh will be sure to get a kick out of the subtle but witty humor from all characters. Plus, everyone can appreciate a good cameo Flea from the popular band Red Hot Chili Peppers makes an appearance as one of Doc’s henchmen.
“Baby Driver” received the 2018 Critic’s Choice Best Editing award and it shows. Thirty-six choreographed non-dancing actions took place, all lined up with different beats of the songs playing.
The film was also nominated for three Academy Awards, those being Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. These nominations come from many songs made from recordings of the actors’ lines, such as “Was He Slow?” by Kid Koala.
The best song, however, might be “Baby Driver” by the folk-rock duo Simon and Garfunkel, which plays during the end credits, summing the movie up perfectly.
“Baby Driver” is exciting, moving and funny. Although he might be a new face for some, Ansel Elgort gives a stellar performance on the extreme opposite from his role as Gus in “The Fault in Our Stars.” “Baby Driver” is an absolute must-see, especially with the critical acclaim it is receiving.