“Baby Driver”’s use of color symbolism. (SPOILERS BIG TIME)
SPOILER WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING.
A lot of people are praising the sound design in Baby Driver, which is a technical masterpiece in its own right, but there is also a lot to be praised about the color symbolism and symbolism in general with the character’s actions all throughout the movie. My head’s been buzzing with all the use of color in this movie, please comment what you noticed which I did not!
Things I noticed:
1) SEEING RED AND BLACK WITH A TWIST OF FATE
When Buddy’s wife Darling mentions “when my husband sees red, black is the last thing you’ll see”, or something along those lines, in the second half of the movie there are a TON of references to that. In the end car chase scene between Buddy and Baby, after Darling’s death, Buddy clicks into his RED rage. He literally sees the red from his wife’s blood, turning on his RED rage. When he is chasing Baby around the parking complex, a red light looms ominously onto his face from inside the stolen police car he is creeping around in. All throughout that scene he is illuminated with a RED light. And he plans to make Baby see black from death, but BUDDY HIMSELF dies from falling and sees black for the last time in a twisted ending to his wife’s words. He dies by falling onto a BLACK CAR, the one that fell off of the parking ramp. He saw red from rage and died on black from death with more red fire engulfing him.
2) PURPLE/VIOLET AND KINDNESS
When Baby is confronting innocent people to get out of a situation, three times the color purple/violet is for sure prevalent in some way. The second time Baby steals a car from a random stranger to drive away, the black woman with the purse has a PURPLE car. And the Nice Teller Lady whom Baby stops from entering the back of the building during the final heist attempt was wearing a purple jacket. The first person that Baby interacts with was wearing a fuchsia/hot pink/purple dressy top.
The purple may symbolize the physical manifestation of the calmness, kindness, and good heart Baby has which is entwined with his fast paced passion. Purple is the combination of red and blue, red being passionate and bold and heated, and blue being peaceful and calm and cool. So purple in essence is the combination of passion and calmness. This ties in to the fact that Baby often thinks quickly and passionately during the adrenaline pumping chases, but doesn’t abandon his good nature and heart in those moments, and he takes the time out of his fast paced thinking to slow down and show peaceful kindness and good intentions to those he affects. He takes the time to calmly address those people he was stealing from or helping out to give them peace of mind and safety, adding a blue nature to the dangerously red situations of those scenes. Hence the purple similarities in those three instances. (I also realize that the purple colors may be interpreted as more hot pink or fuchsia in nature, they were all more on the pinker side of violet.)
The similarities between Deb and Baby’s mom are abundant. They both have golden blonde hair, they both worked at the same diner, and both of them sing. Along with them both being blonde, the tape recording that Baby made named “MOM” has yellow tape for the label, and I think was either the only tape or one of the few tapes that had colored tape labels. The yellow and gold associated with his mom and Deb symbolize the beacons of comfort and hope that they both are to Baby. Deb also wears a golden yellow dress when Baby first sees her, as she is singing angelically. She is seen as an angelic person through Baby’s eyes, and gold is often associated with divinity/comfort/happiness along with the color white.
Buddy, with his Red Rage, aims to make Baby see black by killing him. In his rage he targets Deb, someone close to Baby, who happens to be wearing black as a part of her waitress uniform. The black end result is seen in a different way. Baby sees someone he loves being the target of maliciousness, and sees black on Buddy’s target, Deb. Even before Buddy’s Red Rage, the group of criminals targets Baby’s foster dad, who throughout the movie wears dark colored clothing, possibly black/grey clothing.
5) LAUNDROMAT AND PRIMARY COLORS
Within the laundromat that Deb and Baby were hanging out in, in every single machine there was either red, yellow, or blue clothing tumbling about. Each one had a specific color load too, no laundry machine had mixed colors, only one color was being washed in each machine. I liked that scene’s aesthetics in particular because the patterned background of the tumbling colors, all moving in unison and with uniform placement, helps the viewer concentrate more on the characters than the surrounding location. At least that’s the effect it had on me. Even though the colors were vivid and heavily saturated, it added to and fit in with the popping stylized aesthetics of the movie, so it didn’t feel out of place. The colors in the room reflected the emotions that they were likely feeling, like red passion/love/interest for each other, a sense of blue peace and calmness stemming from their sweet separation from their chaotic and complex lives, and the yellow glimmer of hope for new possibilities. And then the end of the scene compliments the romance by zooming in on a laundry machine washing red clothing, with their dancing reflections accented by the red clothing, symbolizing the budding romance.
6) FULL CIRCLE
The instance of Baby’s parents being killed by a head on collision with the back of a truck is echoed back to in the final act of Baby Driver. His parents died from the collision, which sparked the endless tinnitus and haunting flashbacks of his parents’ death. His trapped hearing and mind is evident throughout the film, and can be resembled by his constant earbud-plugged ears. Also from him being trapped and forced further into the crime business. His trapped self bursts forth in the end and comes full circle when he kills Bats. He literally kills Bats the same way that his parents died, by ramming into the back of a truck. When the others scream at him “WHAT THE F*CK DID YOU DO BABY?!?!”, he replies “I moved.” with a cold stare. That cannot have just a single meaning. I think that he decided then and there that he had enough, and he meant the words literally and metaphorically. That he killed a malicious person who caused chaos to others, which symbolized the death of his involvement with the dangerous individuals and their schemes and that he was done. He moved forward in more ways than one. And the same action from the beginning of the movie reenacted makes it come full circle.
What else did you guys notice with symbolism and color in “Baby Driver”? Please comment and share for a fun discussion about how awesome this movie is, or why you didn’t like it!
In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.
The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.
Sweet creeping zombie Jesus, that was a rollercoaster! Where to start:
Not only is the “Rose was framed for the death of Pink Diamond” theory all but confirmed, but Yellow Diamond’s furious reaction sure looks suspicious… and where the hell is White Diamond? Did she shatter Pink Diamond?! So many questions!!!
The “Off Color” gems are adorable, from the Rutile twins to the adorably obvious
Padparadscha Sapphire to the neurotic Rhodonite to the grandmotherly mondo-fusion that is Fluorite. Please don’t forget about them, Crewniverse!
Who would have thought Lars would be a hero, and get super-powers on top of that?! I hope the Gems rescue him and the Off Colors soon…
If Stuck Together is what started a character redemption for
Lars, then this episode, along with the one after this one is what fully
establishes Lars’ character development that we’ve been wanting to see for a
long time and this episode is truly outstanding for both Lars and the
introduction of new characters known as the “Off Colors”.
After escaping from Yellow Diamond’s attack, Steven and Lars
try to find their way out of Homeworld and end up being spotted by an explosive
The robonoid detects Steven’s gem, which causes it to attack
and give chase, which makes Lars really afraid.
An arm from below tells them to hide under from the
robonoid, being that they don’t have a choice and the stranger reveals to be a
conjoined pair of Rutiles, played by Ashly Burch!
Steven and Lars find themselves in a large abandoned
Kindergarten and meet other new gems, being Padparadscha, who is a Sapphire who
makes late predictions, a Rhodonite being a fusion of a Ruby and Pearl and
lastly, Fluorite that is a caterpillar-like fusion of six gems.
The gems refer to themselves as being outcasts or “off color”
as the episode title implies and if they were found out, they could get
Just after, another group of robonoids follows the group in
the kindergarten and Steven tells the gems to hide.
Steven reassures to Lars that it’s okay to be afraid and
Lars ends up getting scanned by the robonoids, which causes him to be
undetected, as he’s organic and not a gem.
Lars ends up protecting all of the gems and stabs a stick
into a robonoid, which causes it to explode and throw him hard against a wall,
Steven checks if Lars is okay, until to discover that Lars
is actually dead!
The episode ends with Steven bursting into tears, which
causes one tear to drop onto Lars’ cheek which starts to make his body glow
pink and wakes up with a scar on his eye, not knowing what just happened.
As I’ve mentioned before, this episode and the one after
really set a course for Lars getting some much needed character development!
Not only was Lars more aware that he was very afraid of the
situations, but he found out that it’s okay to be afraid and ultimately
sacrifices his life to save Steven and the Off Colors.
Not only was supposed death really shocking, but even though
most of us knew that Lars wasn’t going to get killed off, was it still very
gut-wrenching and emotional for both the audience and Steven.
I remember seeing somewhere that Zach Callison leaked a
photo on Snapchat that a main character died and this is the episode where it
happened, but only for a short period of time.
But what’s even more interesting is that Steven’s tears are
able to resurrect life into a color scheme, similar to Lion!
This lets me believe that Lion is actually an Earth lion
that Rose Quartz brought to life after it died, which even seemed to be
foreshadowed in Buddy’s Book with Rose and her lions surrounding her.
But not only was Lars’ emotional death and redemption the highlight of
the episode, the Off Colors group of gems are without a doubt, some of the best
characters we’ve seen in the series, yet!
My absolute favourites of the bunch has got to be Padparadscha
and a close second is Rutile, only because I love Ashly Burch’s voice and
anything she’s in is a major plus, for me.
But the biggest reason why I love the Off Colors is that
they show viewers and even kids, that it’s okay to have indifferent character
traits, along with physical and mental disabilities and are portrayed as being
really helpful and awesome characters!
I like how Padparadscha is still happy for who she is, even
though she’s often delayed in what she predicts, which ultimately makes for
some really adorable and humourous dialogue.
Rutile, is of course a representation of someone physically disabled,
as she mentioned that another Rutile ran away in fear from her appearance.
Many people, including myself can relate to these
characters, when being a bit delayed to actions or having a physical disability,
so it’s great to see characters like Rutile and Padparadscha getting
represented in kids’ shows.
I really like how Rhodonite is often very neurotic and frightened,
as well as being a fusion of a Ruby and Pearl, which is something we haven’t
seen in the show yet.
Fluorite is a really mysterious and calm Gem, which reminds
me of an elderly grandmother like Grandmother Willow from Disney’s Pocahontas,
especially with her voice and open mind!
Along with the next and final episode of the Steven Universe
“Wanted” event, this episode really serves as a great episode for Lars and
introduction to new characters, which makes this a literal “gem” of an episode,
as the combination with Lamar Abrams and Jeff Liu ultimately make a great team
of storyboarders, but really anything that Jeff Liu boards is always great!
I see some new characters and need to write an episode review on Steven Universe!
I've been loving your Golden Age Wonder Woman blogging and I gotta ask, what is Etta Candy like in the Sorrowverse?
rockabilly roller derby pivot and plus sized model whose youtube channel reviews makeup, self-defense products, and candy. she gets a lot of free delivery boxes every month for reviews. she also sells tarot readings on etsy and has a separate blog where she reviews adult toys. a good review is highly sought after because she’s notoriously difficult to please. she’s got a lot of hustles and all of them involve being able to stop what she’s doing at any time to hang out with wonder woman instead.
So, I’ve watched quite a few queer-related movies in the past few weeks. Here’s a recap of the ones I’ve watched (and ones I’m going to watch) and how I’ve rated them.
Blue Is The Warmest Colour: 5/10 Brownie points for Lea Seydoux being Lea Seydoux, but it’s a no-go for the male gaze-oriented sex scenes. And Adele’s snot-crying at the end. And for Emma calling Adele a slut… I love and hate that scene both at the same time. But mainly hate. Also, it’s long and in all French, so you better put on the subtitles and have a good 3 hours to just chill.
High Tension: 7/10 Cecile de France is amazing in this film (read: her haircut is hot), and I’m sad her character had such a bad ending. The gore is slightly over-the-top, but terrific in its execution (so many bad puns. I apologize). Although most of it is in French and dubbed in some places, I would still watch it again in a heartbeat. The suspense and the tension were high (again, I’m sorry, I can’t help it) but the ending does not bode well for LGBT folks. As is such with many films in the horror genre, the concept of sexuality is a misused and abused one.. but it makes for great fanfiction (mine, since it’s one of the only TWO fanfics posted on the internet from this fandom).
But I’m A Cheerleader: 6/10 Too campy for my taste, but I shipped Megan and Graham from the moment Graham said “I like girls” while staring at Megan. It’s a very good film to watch if you need to distract yourself from the reality of living at the Pray The Gay Away summer camp your parents just sent you to “for your own good.” Also, Natasha Lyonne plays Nicky Nichols in OITNB, so… yeah. Brownie points all around.
Imagine Me & You: 11/10 Yes, I gave it an eleven. (These go to eleven.) I absolutely LOVED this movie. Luce, The Florist, is amazing. Rachel, The Married Woman, is adorable. Heck, The Token Male Character, is… awkward and sweet and a necessary evil for the plot. But the romance! Literally, kids, I’m never watching The Notebook during a sleepover as long as I’ve got this movie. It’s fucking adorable and British and the witty dialogue is on point.
The Runaways: 7.5/10 I didn’t know I shipped KStew and Dakota Fanning until I watched this movie. And the portrayal of Joan Jett was amazing- the old middle-school me that was obsessed with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (and My Chemical Romance… we all have our punk phases) was amazed at how Joan Kristen was. Even down to their hair-flip thing. I mean, Kristen should sing more. And wear tighter t-shirts more often, you know what I’m saying?
Better Than Chocolate: 8/10 This movie would be a seven, if I hadn’t loved the trans* character of Judy so much which added a brownie point. It was a cute comedy, and I liked the friendship between Judy and the mom, Lila. Also, Christina Cox as Kim (girlfriend goals second only to Luce The Florist)… and the sexy painting scene around 20 minutes in… yep. Except for the random scary break-in near the end, this movie was sweet and definitely better than chocolate.
The Kids Are All Right; Lost and Delirious; Bloomington; Loving Annabelle; My Summer of Love; When Night Is Falling; Mulholland Drive; Heavenly Creatures; Bound; Room In Rome; Cracks; Itty Bitty Titty Committee; Martyrs; The Moth Diaries; The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister; Tipping The Velvet; Desert Hearts; Go Fish and Fried Green Tomatoes.
Anyone have any other suggestions? I’ll try and watch Affinity and Fingersmith (or better yet, read them) if I can find any copies of them lying around the library. Sadly, no luck so far.
Consider this my pseudo-”summer reading” assignment, although I can’t buy lesbian-themed books (aside from The Price of Salt that I bought and have hiding in the bottom of my dresser to read at night with the door closed- it’s so good!) or else my mother will find them and ask too many questions. I feel like I smuggled in drugs or something, when I went to buy the book at Barnes and Noble. It was the fastest I’d ever been through a checkout. :)