The character clearly fits Ansel Elgort. Elgort has the looks that goes with the cool and unfazed nature of Baby, not to mention his interest and passion in music. Beyond setting a soundtrack for his activities, Baby also has a habit of mixing sounds, using his daily interactions that he secretly records. He is joined onscreen by a slew of big names, namely Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, and Jon Hamm.
Because the film focuses on his life, he is the only realized character present. The rest of the cast is rather two-dimensional, and though the writing tried to add some character development to two prominent characters, it was too late in the end. These two characters are Debora/Debbie played by Lily James, and Doc, played by Kevin Spacey. Debbie acts as the main love interest, with the same interests as Baby and a longing to go anywhere. Her character gets some kind of personality kick when she’s suddenly a member of a ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ kind of group. The same goes for Doc, when he turns out to be a bad-guy-with-a-heart. I think both of those personality changes are a bit uncharacteristic, although it adds to the uncertainty of where the movie is headed. Because of the two dimensional characters, it was hard to get attached to any of them.
I don’t claim to know everything about Edgar Wright, but something nagged me about this film. I think there was a shift in his writing, and it’s reflected in this and in Ant-Man. I’m only basing this opinion between five movies, the Cornetto trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) and the aforementioned movies. While all five pieces are similarly written, I think Wright is pulling out from the kind of humor he had in the trilogy and to a less subtle approach in comedy. Maybe he employs it for his American movies, as humor can be different between ponds. I don’t think it is a bad move, but I just don’t know what to feel about it. Again, this is just an opinion and I might be over thinking the scripts of all five movies.
Baby Driver is a flashy affair added with its own soundtrack that is part of the hype. While it was a great, fun film to watch, it could have used a defined character development for the other characters at play.