Day 17: Snow Day 3! – Baby Driver

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Movie Title: Baby Driver

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. and 52 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver opens with a thrilling chase sequence following a bank heist by Griff, Buddy, and Darling, code names utilized by characters played by Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, and Eliza Gonzalez respectively. The movie has its fair share of cool chase scenes, that were actually exciting, and well choreographed. Parts of it reminded me of the first time I saw the original Gone in 60 Seconds and how cool I thought those scenes were when I was a kid. It was also a nice change of pace from some of the absurd and boring chase sequences I’ve seen in several movies lately.

It is immediately apparent that the movie is going to be music driven. Every action in Baby’s life is linked to music and this helps provide style and drive the plot of the movie. Pun intended. The title sequence is unique and sets up the music video like vibe parts of the movie have.

The rotating crew of robbers employed by Doc have no great respect for Baby aside from his ability to expertly steer a car. Griff wastes no time busting Baby’s balls over his silence and perceived aloofness. Other characters follow suit. It is quickly revealed that Baby is not just your typical hold up man and that if he could get out he probably would. He also comes off as either traumatized or borderline autistic with some of his mannerisms. This includes Baby’s love story which is both unique and disturbing. Baby’s infatuation with Debora played by Lily James is sweet, but also has stalker-like qualities. Debora would scarcely pass the Bechdel test, but the relationship successfully adds drama and works as a plot driver in the movie. Again, intended.

The performances are solid throughout, but especially from Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm. Both of whom take turns as absolute psychopaths that are only really good at one thing, which is stealing from other people. This movie also features Kevin Spacey in an important role. I know it is popular to ignore movies featuring or produced by the serial sex offenders of Hollywood because they are after all dirt bags, but don’t pass this over just because we found out Kevin Spacey really is his House of Cards character.

Verdict:

While the movie draws on certain stereotypes of the heist genre including one last jobs, set ups, and jobs that are clearly going to go wrong, Baby Driver transcends that with a cool concept and an action packed finale. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Crimson Peak (2015)

Today’s Run:

Time: 14:54

Distance: 1 mile

I did not run yesterday. I came home and tried, but was coughing up all kinds of garbage again shortly. However, today I am feeling a lot better. I was happy to see that my run shaved five seconds off my previous time despite taking three days off in a row. I think running also helped me get some of the last of it out of my system. Feeling really good.

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