I can't say enough about how good Baby Driver's soundtrack was, and the GOTG comparison is spot on. It's one thing to use music to make a movie look and feel cool, but the usage and the methods behind each song separates the good and the quality films from the films going for a moment here and there, when there's a point, a purpose, or a story behind each song.
Carlito's Way (1993)- 7/10
I haven't seen Danny Collins yet, but The Devil's Advocate and Carlito's Way feature two of Pacino's last quality performances. Although, Pacino is upstaged by Sean Penn in this one. David Kleinfeld is a sleazy two-faced weasel, and Penn really nails the character, because you just want to punch Klenfeld in the face. Carlito's Way is basically a throwback film now, but it's still refreshing to see Penn having fun playing a scumbag before he moved on to chasing Oscars with more serious roles in drama films.
Carltio's Way follows just about every cliche you can think of in a crime drama. Carlito wants to get out of the life and start over with Gail, BUT he has to do one more job (freeing Tony. T) before he's out for good, and of course something goes wrong. And to top it all off, Carlito never suspects any foul play with the backstabbers he chooses to surround himself with until it's too late.
Carlito's Way is predictable (the movie opens with the ending) and Penelope Ann Miller is grating as Gail, but it's a case, where the cast, the performances, and Brian De Palma helps a formulaic screenplay rise above average and forgettable. Pacino, Sean Penn, James Rebhorn playing the asshole District Attorney, who's willing to do anything to nail Carlito and Kleinfeld, even if it means playing them against each other. Jorge Porcel (Saso, or Ron!), Luis Guzman, and Viggo Mortensen are good for some laughs, and John Leguizamo's Benny Blanco (from The Bronx) adds an entertaining sub-plot to the movie. It's a slight spin on the old young lion vs the old lion storyline, with Leguizamo playing the young, mouthy hothead, who's ready to take over, and Pacino plays the old and respected veteran, but he doesn't feel the need to respect Blanco, or give him the attention he's looking for.
You know what's going to happen, but the final chase/gunfight at Grand Central is easily the highlight of the movie. A nail-biter from one shot to the next, and Carlito is a guy you want to root for, because he wanted to take advantage of his second chance for positive changes. He was so close to finally catching "the dream," but he was deceived and dragged back into a world of shit.