When I first saw Baby Driver‘s trailer, I was immediately conflicted.
Heist movies are usually intriguing because of, ya know, the heist. The driver (and main character) almost has zero involvement in the tense, action-packed sequence of all the robberies. The characters don’t sneak through invisible lasers or get into life-threatening shootouts with the cops, so I had no clue what I was going to be looking at for the next few hours.
On the other hand, this movie has Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, and Jamie Foxx, so at worst, it’ll be an uninteresting plot line with some memorable acting. (Sorry that a 21 year old single guy didn’t get excited to see Ansel Elgort, but I don’t think The Fault in Our Stars was aimed at me anyways.)
After a flood of positive reviews, I dug deep into my barren college wallet and shelled out the money to see what Baby Driver had to offer. I was not disappointed. The stars that I assumed would take over the movie were merely supporting characters to the music of the movie itself. If soundtracks could win Best Actor, the Oscars would turn into the Grammys.
It wasn’t just that the soundtrack was well put together, it was the timing of the songs. They were perfectly incorporated into every scene. Heralded award winning actors had to play catch up for 2 hours. As they stepped, shot, and spoke on beat, you listened to the perfect playlist, generating whatever emotions the director wanted you to feel.
As I stepped out of the theater, I was taken aback by all the songs stuck in my head in tandem with flashes of the movie’s most memorable scenes. We’re taught to listen from the very first time we annoy our parents, and we finally have a good reason to. Sit back, relax, and let Baby and his mixtapes take you on a wild ride.
Here are a few favorite tracks that are featured in the movie: