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|Genre:||Action, Comedy, Thriller|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 113 Min|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
Just the gangster Doc (Kevin Spacey) is Baby (Ansel Elgort) in debt. To settle these, he must use his exceptional talent to help Doc and his team with meticulously planned bank robberies. Baby is an excellent driver, who has still lost every pursuer loosely. Constantly accompanied by the appropriate music covering his accidental tinnitus, Baby is a true artist at the wheel. Nothing can distract him, nothing can get him off his track. However, this changes when he meets the waitress Debora (Lily James) and falls in love with her. For them, Baby wants to give up his illegal journeys and finally lead a quiet, normal life. But his feelings also make him vulnerable and that leads to his making mistakes - and they have fatal consequences…
Whoever knows the films of Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead", "Hot Fuzz") knows two things about the filmmaker: He has a fine touch for humour and loves films and music. His works are not only action, horror or fantasy comedies, but always a lovable homage to other filmmakers and their work. He now seems to have perfected this pronounced love of pop culture and his feeling for timing, wordplay and action. Because "Baby Driver" is almost perfect in these points. There is hardly a movie in the recent past that delivers such a perfect choreography between an extremely cool soundtrack and the great edited action sequences. This is not only a great entertainment cinema, but also an impressive proof of craftsmanship.
Wright does not put Wright in the same notch as the currently so popular "Fast & Furious" films, but respectfully bows to much more elegant works such as "Bullitt" with Steve McQueen. Even though this time it's a lot more serious than in his earlier movies, the fun doesn't come too short. Some extremely crunchy dialogues and a little pinch of black humor clearly raise the already very high entertainment value. The film can also benefit from the fact that the actors obviously enjoyed working on this fast-paced work. Especially Kevin Spacey and Jon Hamm are great.
A real surprise is Ansel Elgort, who is more familiar from teen movies like "Fate is a bad traitor". Elgort radiates a coolness here that you wouldn't have expected from him at first. But he blends so perfectly with his figure that there is no doubt for a second that he is such a perfect and daring driver who (almost) never loses his nerve.
"Baby Driver" proves that action cinema can be served with elegance and brains. The movie is just fun, offers some really spectacular sequences, some good laughs, but also a lot of tension. Even if the finale is a bit too thick, there is a clear one for this work with cult potential: Absolutely worth seeing!!!
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