With his elegant heist thriller, Baby Driver, Edgar Wright demonstrated that he was one of the most exciting action filmmakers working in movies.
The film is a fast-paced thrill adventure that follows Baby, a young getaway driver who uses an energetic playlist of music to assist him to pull off his incredible driving talents.
The film is an excellent example of Wright’s inventive action sequence building and editing.
Baby Driver, like Wright’s other well-known works, is chock-full of brilliant Easter eggs, callbacks, and hidden elements that make it all the more enjoyable to revisit time and time again.
1. Black and White
Wright appears to prefer the comic book look of his key characters wearing the same clothing for the whole of the film. Baby is dressed largely in black and white for this flick.
The white trousers and black vest appear to be a reference to Han Solo’s similar attire, according to many fans.
The color palette, on the other hand, appeals to Baby’s universe since, with his helpful personality and criminal actions, he embodies both good and bad.
2. The Coffee Run
Following the spectacular opening car chase sequence, the film transitions to its equally fun title sequence, which follows Baby around a neighborhood as he goes on a coffee run for the gang.
Wright has a lot of fun syncing the music to the scene in this basic sequence. The lyrics of the song are echoed by graffiti, signs, and posters that Baby encounters on his walk.
The moment also reminds us of a similar scenario from Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead.
3. Ringing in your ears
The idea of a getaway driver who has to listen to music while driving strikes us as a little gimmicky. Wright, on the other hand, comes up with a smart manner of illustrating this requirement by having Baby suffer from tinnitus.
The baby had a continual ringing in his ears after being in a vehicle accident as a child, and music helps to block it out.
A little high-pitched ringing can be heard whenever there is no music playing in the movie.
4. Music Video
Many people have commented on how much of Baby Driver is set to music, making it feel almost like a feature-length music video. Wright first experimented with the concept of this film with a music video he made for Mint Royale’s “Blue Song.”
Wright stated that he accepted the job of directing a music video for the band because he lacked new ideas. Desperately, he decided to employ the movie concept he was working on.
Even though Wright claims he was unhappy with himself for potentially throwing away that concept, he placed a brief clip of the music video in this film as a tribute to its origins.
5. Black Heart To Red Heart
Baby is an expert getaway driver, but he isn’t interested in a life of crime. He’s eager to move on, and meeting Deborah, a pretty local waitress, is a huge part of his drive.
During the first coffee run sequence, Baby sees Deborah for the first time, a subtle homage to love at first sight.
A graffiti of a black heart may be seen in the background of the coffee shop immediately before Baby sees Deborah. The color of the heart changes to red when it sees her.
6. The iPod
The music included in the film is just a small sample of Baby’s extensive music collection. Baby is revealed to have several iPods that he uses for different situations.
Some of the iPods are even bejeweled, which isn’t exactly Baby’s style.
The iPods, it turns out, are a benefit of his job as a vehicle thief. Baby would sometimes find iPods left by the car’s owner after stealing the automobile, which he would add to his collection to get some new music.
7. Movie Lines
Baby is a reserved guy when he’s not behind the wheel, despite his driving abilities. He is a quiet man who prefers not to engage in discussion. When he is obliged to speak with others, he draws on different sources of inspiration.
The baby is shown flipping through the channels on his television in an early scene. He sees snippets from several films, including It’s Complicated and Monsters, Inc.
The baby may be heard repeating all of the lines he learned from watching television for the rest of the film.
8. Mike Myers Mask
Wright, as in all of his works, effectively blends genre elements with some pretty excellent humor.
During a heist, the group is forced to wear Austin Powers masks instead of Michael Myers’s Halloween masks, which is one of the funniest sequences.
It’s one of the film’s funniest jokes, but it almost didn’t happen that way. Originally, two of the crooks were to wear Halloween masks, while the third would wear an Austin Powers mask.
Unfortunately, the film was unable to obtain permission to use the Michael Myers masks; nevertheless, the genuine Mike Myers agreed to let the Austin Powers masks be used.
9. Restarting the Song
The way the film ties the song to the action is incredibly excellent, and it contributes a lot to the exciting spirit of Baby Driver.
Wright certainly put in a lot of effort to make sure these sequences worked. And it was occasionally necessary to improvise.
The song “Neat, Neat, Neat” by The Damned plays during the second heist sequence. The music wasn’t long enough to capture the action, according to cinematographer Bill Pope. Wright added the joke about Baby restarting the song as a result.
Along with the film’s great core ensemble, Wright managed to slip in some amusing cameos from celebrities whose work influenced the picture.
As a jail guard, John Spencer appears near the end of the film. The fantastic opening montage is scored with his song “Bellbottoms.”
The interpreter’s voice is also that of Walter Hill near the end of the film when Joseph is giving his testimony in court. Hill is a well-known crime film director, whose 1978 picture The Driver served as a major inspiration for this film.