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Can We Talk About About The Weird Oedipus Rex Stuff in Baby Driver?

Baby Driver is one of the best movies of 2017. Or it’s one of the most unique movies. I’m not really sure what the legacy of this movie will be but I’d be remiss if I wrote absolutely nothing regarding Edgar Wright’s 2 hour music video about an innocent criminal get away driver falling in love with Lily James.

Baby Driver is Drive plus West Side Story plus whatever happens to Don Draper like, 6 months after Mad Men ends. There’s even some Deadpool in there but instead of the main character living with an old blind woman, it’s an old deaf man.

Sure, I can get into how cool it was that all of the action perfectly corresponded to the music being played in Baby’s headphones. Or Jamie Foxx being the perfect foil to Baby’s indifference. Or how Edgar Wright Tokyo Drifted a Subaru between two trucks in a small alley.

But I can’t stop thinking about the scene where Baby first meets De-Bo-Ra. It’s cute. It’s charming. You’re immediately rooting for them to figure it out. But as the movie progresses, it adds more context to how creepy Baby’s interest in her actually is.

Quick reminder, Oedipus Rex is the story of of a baby born destined to kill his father and hump his mom so naturally the parents send him the fuck out of there. Then in the end Oedipus um, kills his father and bangs his mom.

Alright, back to Baby Driver. Debora looks like his mom. Sings like his mom. Works at the SAME exact diner as his mom. It was laid on pretty thick. I’m shocked Sky Ferreira didn’t just play both roles and save me the time of writing this.

We can even compare Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx to Baby’s surrogate ‘dads’ in this movie whom Baby kills super dead so that he can be with his mom or Debora or both.

Again, Baby Driver was one of the best things to happen this year. But yea, my man Baby reallyyyy wanted to hump his mom and I just couldn’t let that go unnoticed.

 

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