by Sam Robinson
Another year of cinema has passed us by – with some incredible true stories reaching the big screen in the form of Lion and Patriots Day. The DC Universe found a win in Wonder Woman, and Thor: Ragnarok received applause for its mix of adventure and humour. The Case For Christ proved that faith-based movies can be made well for a wider audience. And just when you thought the year was over, The Last Jedi arrived and blew us all away.
The film however, that won our team’s hearts the most this year was Edgar Wright’s high-octane action opus, Baby Driver.
What I found most refreshing about this film is that in a year smothered with sequels and reboots, it told a new story, in a unique style. Sure, it’s a heist film – but it’s also a tale of redemption set (and choreographed) to the year’s best film soundtrack. Baby (Ansel Elgort) – a heist getaway driver – wrestles with his life of crime, and spends much of the film planning an escape from it all.
Our reviewer Lachlan Anderson had high praise in his five-star review of Baby Driver back in July: ‘Filmmakers take note, Edgar Wright has risen the stakes. Baby Driver is nonstop energy, music and action with plenty of laughs thrown in for good measure. Wright’s film is a charismatic and confident boundary pusher and testament to his abilities as a storyteller. Perhaps the best film you’ll see this year.’
Lachlan’s words have rung true. Congratulations to Edgar Wright for Baby Driver, the 2017 Reel Gospel Film of the Year.
Our Writing Team’s Top Five Films of the Year*:
- Baby Driver
- Get Out
- Thor: Ragnarok
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Blade Runner 2049
Come back tomorrow as we announce the 2017 Reel Gospel Album of the Year!
Baby Driver is available now on home media. Click here to read our review.
*Films eligible for votes were those released in Australia between December 1st 2016 and November 30th 2017.