Baby Driver

Baby Driver

(2017)

All you need is one killer track.

A young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort, The Fault in Our Stars) finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail in this musical crime comedy from Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz). Co-stars Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm.

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You might know the feeling: you’re walking along, ear buds in, enjoying a favourite song. Before long your pace is in time with the beat, and your surroundings start to feel in sync with the music. That’s the concept behind Baby Driver, told from the perspective of someone whose buds never leave his ears, and who’s less likely to be walking than driving away from a bank heist.... More

The idea isn’t totally fresh, but it’s realised with passion and attention to detail. Most scenes are choreographed to music but the effect is more subtle than gimmicky, receding into the background as the story takes hold.

And it’s a great story, if strangely old-fashioned. Writer/ Director Edgar Wright has had the idea in his head for twenty years, which feels apparent in a few Tarantino-esque moments. Luckily Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm are damn good at spouting tough-guy dialogue, and when it comes to snappy wordplay, Wright is as sharp as QT himself.

Plus, Ansel Elgort is charming as heck as Baby. He’s in way over his head, but he’s still a cocky little bastard.

The best thing about Baby Driver turns out to be its modest scale, favouring CGI-free action scenes filmed in broad daylight that feel downright refreshing. It also features a fantastic selection of songs courtesy of a director with an impeccable track record, who seems to enjoy seeing the world refracted through music as much as his main character.Hide


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Ansel Elgort plays the young getaway driver in Edgar Wright’s full-bore blast of a movie. With every scene choreographed to a different track (as was Scorsese’s Goodfellas), it’s a throwback to the 1970s macho action days of Steve McQueen driving mad in Bullit, or Ryan O’Neal with his pedal to the metal in The Driver.

Like those 70s genre flicks, the very un-PC machismo may grate with modern viewers. Wright’s lens just loves the guns, the girls, the vehicular mayhem and badass... More blokes. The dialogue crackles like an old school crime movie, and the cast clearly have a ball. Featuring top notch performances by Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Lily James and Jon Bernthal, with Elgort oozing the required amounts of cool and cocky in the lead.

Undeniably fast and furious fun, Baby Driver is far more than just a series of superbly realised music videos haphazardly strung together. It has a story, heart and characters, but the throwback 70s vibe is problematic for anyone disturbed by an unquestioning machismo fetishizing of crime, violence and firearms.

Approached with Tarantino-style irony and enjoyed as a genre pastiche/homage, Baby Driver is a cool crime caper, in which the beat takes front seat and Wright’s directing skills are unleashed in a largely non-CGI, real stunts treat that rocks, rolls, shimmies, shakes and rarely applies the brakes.Hide


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  • Baby Driver is sweet fantasy, unlike more violent and existential vehicular visions such as Drive or Bullitt. That means its two-bit thieves and criminal masterminds (Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey) are enjoyably cartoonish. Full Review

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