So Initial D is kind of about a guy who doesn’t speak much but drives really fast and likes listening to music. Make it an action crime thriller set in America and I give you…a strange movie title? Now that I think about it, I still haven’t even read a single synopsis. Let’s check Rotten Tomatoes:
A talented, young getaway driver relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
…Not sure about you, but ‘Initial D, but American crime-thriller’ like sounds much cooler description, if you can forgive the soundtrack not being eurobeat. But why did I go? Well I saw the trailer in the cinema and it looked kinda cool. But honestly, hearing that’s it’s an Edgar Wright film would have been more than enough.
If you’re worried about it not being thrilling enough, let me just say that I already felt like I needed a lie down after only the first scene. Even the noisy people sitting behind me felt the need to shut up by the time we were two minutes in. Despite that, they managed to include a pretty large amount of comedy throughout the film with just small witty exchanges but not enough to overpower the fact that this is an action thriller, not some random comedy. I would have actually been happy just watching a two hour long car chase just because they were so intense.
Not to mention they were timed so well to the music, which is, by the way, used BRILLIANTLY. Pretty much all of the soundtrack used is playing from Baby’s iPod or his own music library and everything is matched up to it perfectly, from his movement as he comically mouths the words to every gunshot and footstep. There are even little touches like muting the left side if his left earphone is taken out and even adding that ringing noise when he hasn’t been listening to anything.
The story itself is genuinely good, interesting and well told. I mean, guessing the ‘plot twist’ in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 made the remaining duration of the film not quite entertaining enough for me to not start looking for ways the story could have been told better. Baby Driver, on the other hand, I had no idea where anything was going the entire way through. All I did know was that it would end in one big mess (but I guess you can tell that from the synopsis). Sure, you could guess that ‘X’ would happen next, but you wouldn’t know what would happen after that. I was so glued to the screen that I barely touched my Tango Ice Blast (a rarity for those who know me well).
The characters are well fleshed out and are each given appropriate amounts of screen time and development for their roles in the plot. Let’s just say that they all face consequences for their actions, including Baby (for once our protagonist does not get away scot free).
If you like thrillers, crime dramas, action, or even just a decent film
that isn’t a damned superhero movie : go no further than Baby Driver.
In a nutshell: awesome
But seriously, Baby should have considered late night tofu deliveries.