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Introduction to Baby Driver - A Ms. H Movie Review
Baby Driver has been playing in the movies for awhile now. If you have not watched this movie yet, you may want to check out my review after you’ve seen it because I’m revealing a lot of spoilers.
The Actors in Baby Driver
Movies that feature famed actor Kevin Spacey are usually good movies, simply because he is in it. In fact, if not for the skilled acting of Kevin Spacey in Baby Driver -- this movie was really not worth watching. There were familiar faces in the movie; however, I was not familiar with the main character, who played the part of Baby -- Ansel Elgort. To me he resembled the actor Nick Robinson from the latest Jurassic Park movie as well as the movie Everything, Everything -- which I also saw. If I had to compare these two actors, I would say they have about the same level of acting skills, with Nick Robinson’s a little more honed.
Spoiler alert: During the the movie, one of the actors, Jon Hamm from the long canceled Mad Men television series, asked if Ansel Elgort could speak, because during the first part of the film Ansel Elgort’s character was just dancing, listenining to music on his iPod, wearing sunshades and not talking. Surprisingly, he does have a speaking part, but in all fairness, the movie would have been of the same quality if he had not spoken at all. Spoiler alert: To give him credit, there was a part of the movie where he showed acting emotions when Kevin Spacey told him he would not be the driver for one of their biggest capers. This is the only scene where I caught a glimpse of slight acting skills when he spoke up and told Kevin Spacey that he was indeed going to be the driver.
To make a long story short, the only actor who brought his A-game to this movie was Kevin Spacey. The other actors seemingly just read through their lines, including Lily James, who for some reason thought it was smart to stand up instead of dodging bullets in her scenes while holding a weapon and facing the enemy.
Driving Skills in Baby Driver
You may want to compare this movie with Ryan Gosling’s Drive. The only resemblance between the two movies to me was the the main characters drove fast. As in most of these type movies, the main character wanted to quit driving, but Kevin Spacey’s character would not allow him to.This is counter to what happened later in the movie when he practically begged Kevin Spacey to be the driver. Go figure. Bottom line -- There was nothing unique about the movie plot and Ansel Elgort’s driving skills were not that great. Of course, the driving was probably done by stunt drivers. Ironically, one of my favorite parts of the movie was not when Ansel Elgort was driving, but when he was running away from his enemies on foot.
The Villain Who Would not Go Away in Baby Driver
Spoiler alert: Have you seen horror movies or any other type movies where just when you thought the monster or enemy was defeated, he or she returned? This part was played by Jon Hamm. Even when he seemed to be destroyed multiple times toward the end of the movie, he kept returning to menace the main character.
Ending of Baby Driver Movie
Spoiler alert: It was not surprising to me that Baby Driver survived at the end of the movie along with his girlfriend. However, I expected the major actor, Kevin Spacey to survive -- which did not happen. Of course, he played a shady character, but I think a better ending would have had him remaining alive, maybe walking off in the sunset in search for the next Baby Driver.
Assessment of Baby Driver
In my opinion, Baby Driver had the potential of being a hit movie. With all the big names in the movie, including Jamie Foxx, and especially Kevin Spacy, this movie could have fared better. I did not find the main actor, Ansel Elgort to be charismatic as this character would expected to be. He was tall; however just being tall and in my opinion lanky does not fit the bill. To me he did not have true star-quality appeal. Spoiler alert: To top it off, guess what? His name is not really Baby -- as inferred throughout the movie. At the end of the movie you find out his real name is Miles. To add insult to injury -- many times during the movie, the Baby Driver is referred to as the Kid -- not Baby which was confusing since he had divulged that his actual name was Baby.
The question now is -- will there be a sequel? Of course your guess is as good as mine, but if there is one -- maybe Ansel Elgort will take acting lessons in the interim and portray a character in the sequel that is more believable than the first.
To close on a positive note, Kevin Spacey did a good job performing his role in the movie -- except for the awkward part when he asked the least experienced of the group, Ansel Elgort to make a huge decision. You’ll know what I’m talking about if you watch the movie.
Rating of Baby Driver
Based on a rating of 1 to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the best, I rate Baby Driver 2 stars.