'Baby Driver': The Soundtrack Makes The Movie
    • WEDNESDAY, JULY 05, 2017

    • Posted by: Jon Hopper

    If you haven't seen Baby Driver yet, it might be a good idea to entertain the thought. Maybe more than entertain, actually, because this movie is fueled by a soundtrack of oldies and classics that give the screenplay a new and *oh-so-original* fire that is all too uncommon given how rarely we get directors taking gambles on new ideas nowadays. Baby Driver comes as part of a lengthy list of movies driven by a unique soundtrack of thematic brilliance, following jaw-dropping films like Whiplash and La La Land, whose critical acclaim stemmed directly from their matching of just the right jam to the scene that deserved it.

    Baby Driver doesn't just have a great soundtrack, it lives the soundtrack. Our protagonist Baby (played by heart-throb Ansel Elgort), relies on music to drown out the constant buzzing in his ears. If you've ever been behind the wheel with a song in your ear and pictured yourself somewhere much more thrilling than 4:00 PM traffic, or had a piece of music catch your daydreams and propel them into the rush of a high stakes car chase, then this movie is for you. Director Edgar Wright even wrote the script with every song that would play during the scene marked into it, as well as all the little technical details that would match them to the music. "Visionary" starts to take on a much more literal meaning with Baby Driver.

    Despite being a movie with all the latest cinematographic tricks like one-take steadicam shots, Baby Driver's soundtrack is loaded with mega oldies like The Commodores, Martha Reeves, and (a classic favorite) The Champs' "Tequila." Golden Earring's "Radar Love" also gets a chance to shine as one of the spotlight themes in the movie, giving the brightness and familiarity of a cult classic. Oh, and every song with the word "baby" takes a whole new meaning too.

    Baby Driver is an example of just how essential picking the right music for a scene is, and exactly how much difference it makes shot-for-shot. It's a work of art that brings all the best crafts to its canvas, with romance, humor, style, and a quality soundtrack to make it all pop.

    And let's not forget that Ansel Elgort has his own music career that's starting to make waves in the industry, having recently begun putting out his own work after signing to Island Records. With a triple threat in acting, dancing, and music, he's proving himself to be a quickly rising star with a bright future.

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