Baby Driver

My feelings on Baby Driver are complex. It’s not as simple as good / bad because there’s a lot to love about the movie. I give everyone involved full credit for sincerely creating a great movie in many regards.
But by the end, I found myself disinterested by the substance under the greatness. I found myself disappointed by certain choices. Not that those choices were invalid, but rather, they were unappealing to me, as an audience.
And, when the very last moments of the story actually manage to make me actively dislike your protagonist, well, that’s kind of a big deal.
Baby Driver isn’t a failure. Even disliking many of its elements, I admire that it’s a movie with a clear aesthetic vision, with some great acting, some great direction. Many of the flaws I found with it are as much a product of the crime genre as anything else, so it’s a bit difficult to say anything terribly negative about the movie. But, jeepers, I just didn’t end up liking it that much, and the more I think about it, the less enamored I am of it.
It’s a weird criticism to say that a movie is good when I wished it was great. It’s reverse of the “Better than expected” defense, i.e. “That didn’t suck as much as I expected.” I don’t find that invalid, but it’s a hell of a lot easier to criticize something when you outright love or hate it or if you’re indifferent to it. But how do you discuss something you both enjoyed and wished was better?
Baby Driver: I loved about half of it!
Feel free to use that on the DVD release, Hollywood.
Keelah Se’lai
Fighting the good fight, Writing the good write,
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