Posted by: greercn | August 1, 2017

Baby Driver

That sound you hear at the end of this movie is the progress of feminism being ground under the wheels of a fast car. Both the women in this cast are cartoons and they simply fold into girly gravel.

The car chase at the start of this is just terrific. The guy who came in late with the popcorn as he slowly walked across the whole row in front of me is very lucky I didn’t kick him.

Ansel Elgort is the baby of the title. Baby is an excellent driver, which makes him useful to bad guys planning bank heists.

Music is key to the action. Baby listens to a variety of really great music.

So, if the car stunts are fabulous and the tunes sizzle, why does this go into reverse as soon as the characters get out of their cars?

Perhaps the “one last bank job” theme has been done to death. If you watch movies, you know it’s always that last job that creates new problems.

CJ Jones is just terrific as Baby’s relative. Relatives are relative, after all. The actor is deaf, in real life and the scenes between him and Baby ring true.

Lily James as Debra and Elza Gonzalez as Darling play ornamental parts. Both are very pretty. Darling gets to wear great clothes. Debra has a few inconsequential lines.

Kevin Spacey is usually terrific but he seems to be phoning in this performance. And Jamie Foxx appears to be in a completely different film, channeling Jack Nicholson in “The Shining”.

Jon Hamm and Jon Berthal are just fine.

Unless you love fast cars and faster music (and I do) there is very little to attract women to this tale.

It’s all the more puzzling in that Edgar Wright makes wonderful and very funny movies. This appears to be aimed squarely and cynically at young men who buy popcorn. I expected more plot and meaning.

Should you see it? How do you feel about women being occasional and purely decorative? Is there space in your life for purely random action scenes?

The audience at Stratford East Picturehouse perked up when the cars were racing, but slumped back during the talking while playing with guns scenes.

Watch the trailer. If you love that, you will enjoy this. And I liked it, but didn’t love it as much as I expected to. I felt like I’d dropped into a 1950s bank heist movie, with those values.

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