It's a competitive year at the box office, dominated by superhero blockbusters, but there's one totally original movie that you don't want to miss: Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, a high-octane heist film that will win you over in just the first few minutes.
Don't believe me? Sony has just published the first six minutes online for your enjoyment. Watch it below:
One Word: Wow.
Some films take it slow, gently easing us into their world. Not Baby Driver. Edgar Wright essentially turns these first six minutes into a stunning sales pitch, inviting us to sit back and fasten our seat-belts for a ride that will leave The Fast and the Furious fans drooling with envy. It's a work of genius.
Everything you need to know to start the film is stressed in these first six minutes — even in the midst of an action sequence. You're introduced to Ansel Elgort's "Baby," the adorable young driver who seems to be a fascinating blend of skilled criminal and innocent teen. All of the character beats are there, and we see Baby's slick composure when he hears sirens and then sees the guns. Right from the get-go, you know that this guy isn't as comfortable with the criminal life as he's trying to make out, and you get the sense of inner conflict that drives the film's narrative.
What's more, these first six minutes are a masterclass in Wright's style. He's always shown skill at blending soundtracks with character beats and action sequences, but he's never pulled it off with such flair as he does in Baby Driver. The music acts as a window into Baby's soul, exquisitely conveying his thrill, pausing for tension, and then going full-throttle during the car chase scene.
Finally, you can't help loving those stunts. There's no stunt double here; #AnselElgort actually had to train as a stunt driver in order to take on the role, and most of the time there aren't any green screens. As #EdgarWright noted, not-so-subtly calling out certain franchises that shall remain nameless:
"Another thing that we did in this sequence, which sort of flies against what people are doing in other movies now — not mentioning any names of any current, big car-chase movies — but a lot of those actor shots are on green screens...
"Those guys are nowhere near the rest of the action — usually that’s on a practical level. They might be shooting in Atlanta and other people are in Iceland, or something. Again, not mentioning any names. But we shot all of the actor shots for real on the freeways.”
Reflecting on Baby Driver, one of my first reactions was to wonder why they hadn't released the first few minutes. They're the perfect sales pitch for the film, putting its soul on display in a way that the trailers didn't quite manage, assuring any doubters that this film is something different. In a year with a crowded box office, this is a movie you don't want to miss.