Like other longtime Atlantans, I enjoyed seeing the Atlanta landmarks in "Baby Driver."
However, the film hardly does for Atlanta what "Bullitt" did for San Francisco. Or "The French Connection" for New York City.
Burt Reynolds' "Sharkey's Machine" gave Atlanta a more menacing big city vibe. "Smokey and the Bandit" had more exciting car chases.
While I liked Ansel Elgort as Baby, he didn't appear that competent a get-away driver. He kept getting bogged down on the interstates. Michael Pollard in "Bonnie and Clyde" seemed more adept at leaving the cops behind. Well, in Baby's defense, Atlanta's traffic can be tough.
I was amused to see the Healey Building's starring role.In my years toiling at the AJC, I must have passed the grand old Healey a million times. But headquarters for a bank robbery ring? I knew downtown Atlanta was desperate to rent office space, but that's going a bit far. I did always wonder if something suspicious were going on at the Healey Building.
Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx barely tried in their performances, but Jon Hamm came close to being scary in his bad-guy portrayal. Foxx and Spacey just seemed silly. Elza Gonzales was OK as the gun moll, but see above. Bonnie Barrow. Faye Dunaway.
Lily James, whom I loved as Lady Rose in "Downton Abbey," showed warmth and humor as Baby's down-to-earth girlfriend. The movie should have made more out of her chemistry with Elgort.
Really, post office money orders?
Don't get me wrong. I found "Baby Driver" entertaining, despite its implausible script, bad acting and Edgar Wright's clumsy directing.
The movie was right about one thing. Downtown Atlanta's parking decks can be spooky.