Baby Driver: Love Driven

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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2017
Original Running Time:
113 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
97 minutes
Time Cut:
16 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
In the original movie, Kevin Spacey's character has such a jarring flip on conscience that it almost ruined what is otherwise a really fun movie. So I fixed it! I moved scenes around, added foley, learned some new techniques on Premiere Pro, and even recorded my own voice to fill in some gaps. I hope this redeems Doc and makes the ending more satisfying and fun for everyone!
Intention:
I was very confused by Kevin Spacey's character's last-minute turn from evil to good, and especially because nothing new happened. So I removed all references to "last jobs", threatening anyone's family, and all Doc's knowledge of Debora's existence. Along the way I realized that the movie alternates slightly from fun and silly to rather gruesome, so I toned down the murders a bit to keep it fun.
Special Thanks:
My lovely wife
futon88 for inspiring the ending
That One Guy for breaking my editor's block
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
Added: Hardcoded subs to all sign-language scenes (English)
Removed: Doc and Baby in garage "one last job" and "getting square"
Foley: Footsteps, bag, hand-off, zipper, background noise
Removed: Baby telling Joe "one more job, then I'm done"
Removed: Some awkward dialogue during Baby and Debora's meet-cute
Removed: Doc pressuring Baby to drive again
Added: Shots of Debora while Baby decides if he wants to drive
Removed: Doc telling Baby's backstory, which lead to being in Doc's debt
Removed: Doc giving Baby his last paycheck and telling him they're "straight"
Removed: Three really quick submliminal shots of his memories
Shortened: Baby's flashback to when he's a kid
Removed: Baby leaving the scrapyard, throwing away gloves, tossing burner
Removed: Baby telling Debora he misses his mom
Removed: Baby telling Debora he's done driving for good
Removed: Baby telling Joe that he's done
Removed: Doc threatening Baby and Debora if Baby doesn't drive
Music: Lined up the word "kiss" with Baby and Debora kissing
Added: Text wipe saying "One Week Later"
Moved: Diner call with Debora to before Baby takes his next job
Changed: Baby's dialogue so he's telling Debora *this* is his last job
Removed: Debora saying she thought Baby was done driving
Repurposed: Some audio from Doc as a phone call to Baby
Added: Shots of past violence to show Baby's concerns
Removed: Doc threatening Joe at Baby's apartment
Added: Shot of Debora singing at the diner
Removed: Imagined sequence of Debora in black and white
Removed: The crew finding Debora's tape
Removed: Doc saying "take this fool back to his shithole"
Removed: Bats threatening to kill Baby
Added: Tense violin audio to cover transition
Removed: Bats double-tapping the guard. One shot is enough.
Shortened: The running chase scene from 5:20 to 4:00 (-80s)
Removed: Buddy saying "Baby you are a fucking jinx!"
Removed: Bloody shots of cops being killed by Buddy
Matched: The gunshots to a 4/4 rhythm like Edgar would have
Removed: Cop saying "can you show me where you're shot?"
Altered: Speed of rotation to cover missing dialogue
Removed: Buddy saying "right there" when he shoots the cop
Removed: ENTIRE ending before getting stopped on the bridge
Overlaid: Sky Ferreira singing "Easy Like Sunday Morning"
Trailer

Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2017
Original Running Time:
113 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
97 minutes
Time Cut:
16 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
In the original movie, Kevin Spacey's character has such a jarring flip on conscience that it almost ruined what is otherwise a really fun movie. So I fixed it! I moved scenes around, added foley, learned some new techniques on Premiere Pro, and even recorded my own voice to fill in some gaps. I hope this redeems Doc and makes the ending more satisfying and fun for everyone!
Intention:
I was very confused by Kevin Spacey's character's last-minute turn from evil to good, and especially because nothing new happened. So I removed all references to "last jobs", threatening anyone's family, and all Doc's knowledge of Debora's existence. Along the way I realized that the movie alternates slightly from fun and silly to rather gruesome, so I toned down the murders a bit to keep it fun.
Special Thanks:
My lovely wife
futon88 for inspiring the ending
That One Guy for breaking my editor's block
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
Added: Hardcoded subs to all sign-language scenes (English)
Removed: Doc and Baby in garage "one last job" and "getting square"
Foley: Footsteps, bag, hand-off, zipper, background noise
Removed: Baby telling Joe "one more job, then I'm done"
Removed: Some awkward dialogue during Baby and Debora's meet-cute
Removed: Doc pressuring Baby to drive again
Added: Shots of Debora while Baby decides if he wants to drive
Removed: Doc telling Baby's backstory, which lead to being in Doc's debt
Removed: Doc giving Baby his last paycheck and telling him they're "straight"
Removed: Three really quick submliminal shots of his memories
Shortened: Baby's flashback to when he's a kid
Removed: Baby leaving the scrapyard, throwing away gloves, tossing burner
Removed: Baby telling Debora he misses his mom
Removed: Baby telling Debora he's done driving for good
Removed: Baby telling Joe that he's done
Removed: Doc threatening Baby and Debora if Baby doesn't drive
Music: Lined up the word "kiss" with Baby and Debora kissing
Added: Text wipe saying "One Week Later"
Moved: Diner call with Debora to before Baby takes his next job
Changed: Baby's dialogue so he's telling Debora *this* is his last job
Removed: Debora saying she thought Baby was done driving
Repurposed: Some audio from Doc as a phone call to Baby
Added: Shots of past violence to show Baby's concerns
Removed: Doc threatening Joe at Baby's apartment
Added: Shot of Debora singing at the diner
Removed: Imagined sequence of Debora in black and white
Removed: The crew finding Debora's tape
Removed: Doc saying "take this fool back to his shithole"
Removed: Bats threatening to kill Baby
Added: Tense violin audio to cover transition
Removed: Bats double-tapping the guard. One shot is enough.
Shortened: The running chase scene from 5:20 to 4:00 (-80s)
Removed: Buddy saying "Baby you are a fucking jinx!"
Removed: Bloody shots of cops being killed by Buddy
Matched: The gunshots to a 4/4 rhythm like Edgar would have
Removed: Cop saying "can you show me where you're shot?"
Altered: Speed of rotation to cover missing dialogue
Removed: Buddy saying "right there" when he shoots the cop
Removed: ENTIRE ending before getting stopped on the bridge
Overlaid: Sky Ferreira singing "Easy Like Sunday Morning"
Trailer

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2 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.0
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
7.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
I am a fan of Edgar Wright's films, so when I read JasonFlippy's thread about wanting to make some changes to Baby Driver I was quite interested to see what would come of it. Wright's film-making style and use of music, particularly in this film, means that making any significant changes unobtrusively is quite a challenge.

I don't have much of a problem with Spacey's character arc in the original film, but I do appreciate that it does seem a bit of a sudden change of heart. I was curious to see if the desired change could be pulled off, and am quite impressed with how Jason has made this work. The reduction in Doc's screentime required to implement it does background him a little as a character, and reduces the sense of his relationship with Baby as being unusual compared to most of the people he uses in his heists, but not in a way that creates problems for the narrative. The character's throughline and behaviour is definitely more internally consistent in this edit.

I think the related change that removes Baby working off a debt to Doc and working is generally effective - where the original film had Baby trying to pay off his debt to Doc without getting anyone hurt, in this edit it feels like Baby is lying to himself about the reality of being a getaway driver for an armed robbery crew and over the course of the film is forced to acknowledge the reality of what he does.

As others have mentioned the main issue with the implementation of this is a short snippet of music at around 00:40:28 where Baby's calls to Debora at the diner have been stitched together, which also drowns out part of Baby's dialogue. I think that this part needs some more finessing, as there's also a fairly random ~3 second shot of money being tossed into Baby's safe-keeping spot.

One thing that I do think works against this edit are some of the cuts to reduce the bloodiness of the gunshots - partly on a purely practical basis (the chase/shootout after the Post Office Job is so tightly cut to the music that IMO any changes would be noticeable, as they are here) and partly on a narrative basis, because this escalating violence is precisely what Baby has been trying to ignore but is now forced to confront. It feels like an editing choice that's running counter to the story being told in the film, particularly because it comes after we have already seen a fairly bloody shootout with the corrupt cops who were dealing weapons.

I like the way the new ending is cut - as garstazi has mentioned in their review, the original epilogue is weaker than the rest of the film; tightening the focus to just Baby and Debora is a good choice and allows the film to close on a shot of what both have expressed a desire for - hitting the road with no plan but to keep going.

Overall, I think this edit is a small bit of polish away from being an excellent alternate presentation of the film.
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(Updated: December 15, 2023)
Overall rating
 
10.0
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
I had forgotten how the original ending is bland, boring and predictable as hell; I personally hated it, though it was against the theme and it didn’t make any sense for Baby’s narrative arch. If you’re showing a kind of Bonnie and Clyde lookalike story (they get a few mentions in the film, just to remind the audience), the story either ends just like they did or it allows the duo to run away. In the original, the writers opted for a middle ground between these two, which doesn’t land at all.

The ending here is perfect, the narrative arch becomes fully completed and it just makes sense for the characters. Well done!

Just a few audio issues I’ve found:
- there was a bad audio snippet (lasting 0.1-0.2 sec) at 40m27, looks like a leftover from editing.
- at 1h13m00, the song goes perceptively out of rhythm, because of an added cut.
- at 1h26m59, there’s a noticeable audio volume drop and some static; checked the original film just to be sure and it’s not present there.


Edit 15/12/2023:
- all audio issues are fixed on v2.0, I've udpated my score accordingly

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Owner's reply December 10, 2023

Thank you so much for taking the time to review it! And for leaving me timestamps to work on! I will get right on fixing there and let you know after I'm done. And I'm so happy you enjoyed it!

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Overall rating
 
9.0
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0(2)
Audio Editing
 
8.0(2)
Visual Editing
 
9.0(2)
Narrative
 
10.0(2)
Enjoyment
 
9.0(2)
Overall rating
 
9.0
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0
Audio Editing
 
8.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
8.0
I might be the wrong person to watch this edit. I fell in love with this movie the day it came out and saw it 4 times in theatres. Being an Edgar Wright film this was a huge undertaking in the first place. Kudos for giving it a shot.

Like the other reviews have said, there are noticeable cuts in both the video and audio. This was expected as baby driver original was finely cut to the beat. Imo you could probably cut all the monsters Inc references and still have a clean cut. The audio doesn't cut very well when Doc starts talking to Baby after the P. O. scouting scene and the only thing you need it for is the Monsters Inc reference. Being a music centric film, it's quite noticeable when the music fades out in order to hide a cut. Most of that was in the effort of making the film less bloody so I won't fault the fan editor for that choice.

Narratively, it is better. Docs change of heart is more believable. The ending is ok, it's too bad there wasn't additional footage of baby and Deborah driving to lengthen the ending as it felt like it was cut a bit short to me. The chosen cuts also gave less depth to Baby and made him more villain-ish than I would have liked. I'm also not a huge fan of flashbacks.

Overall, it was worth the watch. I'm probably only going to watch Baby Driver proper after this as, in my eyes and ears, the beat is more important than narrative for this film. That and I like the extra bloodiness.

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Owner's reply December 17, 2023

Thank you for the review!! I always appreciate feedback on my edits :) you're right that Edgar is a tough one to work around because his movies are so rhythmic. And making Baby into a bit more of a dick was unfortunately necessary to remove the "indentured servitude" angle. Either way I'm glad you thought it was a good watch!

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(Updated: December 08, 2023)
Overall rating
 
9.0
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9.0
Audio Editing
 
8.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
I'm the biggest Edgar Wright fan, so seeing any single one of his movies being edited by someone on here instantly gets me excited, however I'd be lying if I said I wasn't slightly skeptical due to how perfect I think Baby Driver is.

Flippy sticks to pretty much the same narrative as the original film, assides from a few tweaks here and there (most notabley the ending), which is in my opinion the best way to go for this sort of film. It works really well with this new pacing and is a really nice and easy watch to go through. I read on Flippy's initial thread that he wanted to fix Kevin Spacey's sudden change of heart at the end of the movie, and while I wouldn't say the charecter is improved upon here, he is far more consistant with his tone and works great as a comic relief charecter.

If I'm being brutally honest there are a few audio issues here and there which pop up specifically in the 35-45 minute range mark, but nothing too bad as these are super easy fixes with extra sound effects and better placement in the mix. And while I can't think of anything in specific, visually I remember thinking some stuff was kinda jumpy when it came to the visual side of things. This clearly isn't a big deal though as I can't even really remember it (also could be the fact I'm so used to the original).

You should be really proud of yourself Flippy, good work!
Owner's reply December 10, 2023

Thank you very very much for the review, I will get right on those changes to make this as perfect as possible! I really appreciate you taking the time to help me improve!

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