Baby Driver (2017) Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Baby Driver (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence.

  • The pitch:

    Yeah, Baby!

  • Starring:

    Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Eiza González, Jamie Foxx, Micah Howard, Jon Bernthal, Flea, CJ Jones, Brogan Hall

  • Directed by:

    Edgar Wright

  • Running time:

    112 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, punched, carjacked, tackled, pursued, threatened, pistol-whipped, impaled, head-slammed, shirt-grabbed/slammed up against truck, shoved, hit by car, run over, hit with objects (trolley/crowbar), throat-grabbed. A man falls from a high ledge (fatal). A gun is fired near a man's ears to cause deafness. Armed robberies/heists (bank/armoured truck/post office); men in masks. Reckless driving, car chases, carjacking, hot-wiring cars, car crashes, rollovers, tyres spiked, windows smashed, vehicles rammed/rear-ended/t-boned, supermarket trolleys hit, car lodged under moving truck, car crushed, car falls from high ledge, explosions. Flashback scenes show a fatal car accident, parents arguing, a man pulling a woman's hair then pushing her against a door jamb. A woman asks her partner how many men he has stabbed/killed for her because they offended her. A TV briefly shows bullfighting featuring a heavily speared bull. An elderly man's flat is trashed/his wheelchair stolen. A man says he will "break your legs and kill everyone you love" to a colleague. Objects thrown, slapped off face, crushed underfoot, shot. An arms dealer called The Butcher describes his weapons as cuts of pig. Cache of grenades, shot guns, rifles, handguns, etc seen. Arguing, yelling, screaming. Blood/gore: Corpses on ground. Bloody head, face, forehead, mouth, nose, ear, hand, corpses, bullet wounds, clothing, scratches, grazes; pooled blood on ground, blood spatter. Body disposal (industrial car crusher; implied). Scars, bruising, bandage on arm. A news report shows a man with a bandaged head in hospital.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, ogling. Cleavage, skimpy dresses, exposed midriff. Lap dancer mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Drugs (smoking marijuana implied). Alcohol (sip of wine, beer bottle in background, glass of [implied] spirits). Smoking (cigarette). Drug habit, do drugs mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    A handful of f-words, s-words, a-words, balls, p*ss. Name-calling (retarded, mute, totem pole, cute, hero, idiot, whore, looney, crook, cripple, fool, pigs, child, mental, slow, etc). Religious exclamations (devil behind the wheel, what the hell, for god's sakes, goddamn, Jesus Christ, etc).

  • THEMES:

    Driving, heists, music, crime, tinnitus, disability, debt, music mixing, killer tracks, traumatic childhood incidents, loss, romance, coping mechanisms, getaway cars, one more job.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead mother, dead parents mentioned. Prison, court settings. Barking dogs, helicopter. Some sign language (subtitled). Inspired by Mint Royale Blue Song video.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Spectacular, stylish, music-heavy, fast-paced, high-concept, infectious, ambitious, exuberant, elegant, thrilling, exhilarating, entertaining, original, contemporary, distinctive, timeless, romantic, riveting, sweet, inventive, clever, genre-bending, frenetic. Excellent/charismatic/top-shelf cast, theatrical dialogue, snappy script, show-stopping/operatic/impressive/satisfying action sequences, unforgiving gore, breakthrough/star-making performance by Ansel Elgort, palpable chemistry between leads, breathless/exhilarating/propulsive/dazzling opening scene, impressive first hour, clever/intuitive editing, quirky reveals, clever transitions, awesome/lively/expert/diegetic soundtrack, clever cameo by Walter Hill.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Frustrating. Contrived complications, underdeveloped female characters, caricatured baddies, low-key visual style, conventional/jagged/unfocused/jarring/formulaic second half, uninspire/drab final shootout, too-tidy/whimpering finish, aware of its own genius.

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