Film review

“Baby Driver” not your average heist movie

Posted:  Friday, July 14, 2017 - 7:45am

From writer and director Edgar Wright (“Sean of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz,” “The World’s End”), Baby Driver features Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm and Jon Bernthal. It opens 7 p.m. Friday, July 14 at The Harbor Theatre in Boothbay Harbor, and is rated R for violence and language throughout.

Ansel Elgort is Baby, a complex, music-loving getaway driver fast approaching his chance of leaving crime behind after one last heist.

Coming into the film, I didn’t expect very much. A smart, young criminal gets his chance to start a new life with a small catch — there’s one last job. Of course, things start to unravel and by the end of the second act, we are all left wondering if and how things will resolve.

Well, it sort of goes like that, but we learn a little bit about Baby and the people in his life along the way. We learn about what makes young Baby tick — a struggle with tinnitus and bad memories require him to constantly play music in order to function — and we learn about his past and what has shaped him to be who he is.

Writer and director Edgar Wright does an amazing job at gearing this film for a broad audience. “Baby Driver” is straightforward and easy, yet a thinker and a bit deeper than the average action film, and it does it without feeling pompous or “dumbed” down.

While the soundtrack and sound effects stand out more than the cinematography and visual effects, the visual and sound meld so seamlessly it is not recognizable unless you are looking for it. This sets the entire film up for one golden rule: Everything must be in sync. This puts much responsibility on the writing and the acting, and neither fail.

All in all, I would suggest you go see “Baby Driver.” It stands separate from and unique to some of the great classic heist films that inspired the writer in the first place — “Heat,” “Point Break” and “The Italian Job.”

The film plays at 7 p.m. July 14-19 and also has a 2 p.m. showing on Sunday, July 16.