Writer and director Edgar Wright reveals the films that most inspired his latest directorial effort, Baby Driver. While this summer is jam-packed with highly-anticipated franchise outings like Spider-Man: Homecoming and Wonder Woman, or big-budget VFX extravaganzas like Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, there are a number of original movies hitting theaters this summer that promise to be more than worth the price of admission in their own right. And few of those films have quite the same level of hype and early critical acclaim as Edgar Wright’s musical action thriller, Baby Driver, does.
The film is also one of Wright’s most ambitious outings as a filmmaker to date. By blending the musical and crime genres together, Wright has turned Baby Driver into a film that not only has its fair share of stunning car chase sequences, but also has those sequences edited and timed to the beat of multiple different songs. The last Baby Driver trailer, which was set to “Tequila” by Button Down Brass, only gave just a small taste of what that actually looks and feels like in the film itself.
During a recent interview with CinemaBlend about the film recently as well, Wright talked about the five films that were the most influential/inspirational to the final version of Baby Driver. While speaking with the outlet about each of the films, Wright revealed that Michael Mann’s Heat, Walter Hill’s 1978 classic The Driver, Quentin Tarantino’s beloved Reservoir Dogs, Kathryn Bigelow’s Point Break, and John Landis’ iconic comedy masterpiece, The Blues Brothers were the ones that had the largest impact on his vision for Baby Driver in the end.
None of these choices are necessarily surprising for any film fan that’s been paying attention to the marketing and Wright’s early comments about Baby Driver over the past few months. The car chases and robbery scenes in films like The Driver, Heat, Point Break, and The Blues Brothers have had such a lasting effect on cinema as a whole, that it was impossible they wouldn’t impact Baby Driver in some way also. Meanwhile, the structure and character dynamics in the Baby Driver featurettes have felt very reminiscent of Reservoir Dogs, and to their credit, all of the other films on the list.
But even with how open Wright has been about his influences for the film, there’s no taking away from how truly original of an idea Baby Driver is. Few films have ever attempted to set their action and story to music the way that Wright is here, and like with all of his previous outings, it’s just looking more and more like he pulled it off with flying colors. The film is hitting theaters stateside tomorrow, and it feels safe to say at this point that Baby Driver is one of this summer’s can’t-miss films.
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