Haven’t you watched Baby Driver yet? You must! And here is the 5-minute opening scene which will convince you to run to the multiplex.
I’ll never forgive myself for choosing to watch the massive disappointment that Transformers: The Last Knight. I could have watched Baby Driver instead. Now, after seeing this 5-minute-long opening scene released by Sony Pictures, the old wound has been opened again. Damn, Baby Driver is good! I should’ve watched it instead of Michael Bay’s heap of Transformium trash.
But those of you who have the Edgar Wright-directed musical-heist movie running in a multiplex nearby, run! Run and grab the ticket before this awesome example of film-making is forced to make way for bigger Hollywood productions. The clip below is more than adequate to get you off that seat. Oh, and there’s a Subaru WRX in it (a 2006 example in red) doing all sorts of stunts with absolute precision, while getting away from a dozen cop cars, with “Bellbottoms,” by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion playing in the background.
IMDb has the summary, which we are going to borrow for now.
"Baby is a young and partially hearing-impaired getaway driver who can make any wild move while in motion with the right track playing. It’s a critical talent he needs to survive his indentured servitude to the crime boss, Doc, who values his role in his meticulously planned robberies. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Deborah; Doc coerces him back for another job. Now saddled with a crew of thugs too violently unstable to keep to Doc’s plans, Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in terrible danger. To survive and escape the coming maelstrom, it will take all of Baby’s skill, wits and daring, but even on the best track, can he make it when life is forcing him to face the music?"
Baby Driver can be called “Edgar Wright’s The Transporter”. But it’s much more than that.
That sounds like The Transporter, if it was made into a musical and directed by someone who has consistently made movies that are defined by words like “cool” “slick” and “stylish”. In fact, the opening scene (released by Sony Pictures Belgium) is strikingly similar to the opening robbery scene of the first Transporter movie. And comparing both will bring to light the fact that Edgar Wright has made the sequence better, with his unique style, slick editing, amazing use sound effects and music, dynamic cinematography and of course, good-old stunt driving which is far superior to what’s featured in the Jason Statham vehicle.
One must also note the inventive sound design which merges ambient effects with the soundtrack to create a highly-entertaining acoustic experience. Example? The engine revs being lined up alongside the music track. Just look at how all of that work together to make an engaging car chase experience!
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And the cast who we get to see in the clip have their brief moments to shine. Ansel Elgort as the titular character, along with Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm and Eiza González as the bank robbers don’t get any dialogues here. But they leave that unmistakable impression of being amazing characters to watch in the scenes to follow. Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx are also in the mix, with both fetching rave reviews for their performances.
Sony Pictures has approached Edgar Wright to make a sequel to Baby Driver. Say YES, Mr. Wright!
Which brings us back to the opening of this post. If Baby Driver is still around, playing in a theater near you, head out and watch it. As for me, I’ll have to wait for the sequel that Sony has announced. Yep, though Baby Driver wasn’t a major box-office blockbuster of the seasons, the $34 million production has earned close to $80 million worldwide so far. With more markets to receive the movie in the coming weeks, Baby Driver will end up grossing somewhere north of $100 million. It’ll also have a strong run on DVD/Blu-Ray and in streaming services, given the critical darling that the movie is.
Sony Pictures wouldn’t want to miss out on making a small-but-profitable franchise out of the property. The studio has already approached Edgar Wright to sign on for the next instalment. If he does, it’ll be the first time that Wright attempts to make a sequel to one of his flicks.