Friday, 28 July, 2017

'Baby Driver' is the summer movie you need to see

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Grace Luna | 28 June, 2017, 05:17

However, in a world of crime it is hard to call it quits and Baby needs to work one last job for Doc until they're "straight" and he can safely pursue his romance with Deborah. In the opening sequence, an unnervingly serene young getaway driver evades a clutch of cop cars while lost in his own personal earbud reverie. Baby's whole world is kinetic, each scene choreographed to the rhythms of what's on - whether flooring it to the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's raucous "Bellbottoms" or running a grisly junkyard errand to, hilariously, the Commodores' "Easy". Mine is We Are Your Friends. In terms of my two careers, though, I don't see a reason why I'd ever have to choose. And whom he answers to, and why? There is a joke so elegantly laid out in Baby Driver that it made me want to quit comedy.

Plot-wise, "Baby Driver" comes stock.

The film stars Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) as Baby, a getaway driver so talented that he makes regular bank robberies in broad daylight seem like a good idea. His mother, a singer, gave him his first iPod when he was just a sprout. The actor I'm working with, CJ Jones, who's just incredible, is actually deaf. Every turn Baby makes when speeding down Atlanta's highways are set in time to his desired play list.

Wright's soundtrack choices don't start and end with the driving scenes, though. That menace is a specialty of co-star Kevin Spacey, and he still does it better than just about anybody; when he notes Baby's new lady love (Lily Collins) is cute, and flatly adds "Let's keep it that way", he doesn't have to reach for the effect. Hamm and Foxx, meanwhile, sink their teeth into roles fueled by unpredictability and menace, but quirkiness as well.

Kudos to Wright for understanding that serious, lunatic music nerds are fond of both vinyl and digital, and props to the costumers who slyly reference the fact that Elgort was long rumored to play a young version of that other fictional need-for-speed outlaw, Han Solo.

True, the story is hardly original, as Baby is forced into doing one last heist when he just wants to escape with his girl, diner waitress Debora (Lily James). Joseph puts his hand on the speaker, feels the vibe and smiles.

Baby Driver is also, of course, an action thriller. The film delivers not only the heist-genre staples of high octane vehicle chases and killer gunplay but an aesthetic all its own. The picture riffs on the seedy pleasures of '70s drive-in classics like Walter Hill's The Driver-which Wright has cited as an influence-and Richard C. Sarafian's Vanishing Point. It's an appropriate follow-up to his other non-Cornetto film Scott Pilgrim vs. The protagonist loves music and since there are so many songs with "Baby" in the lyrics... But Baby Driver, with its vivid, openhearted energy, is a bold step forward.

How has the story changed in the 10 years you were developing it?

The coffee run that follows, as Baby dances down the street to "Harlem Shuffle", is a step away from La La Land, but writer-director Edgar Wright and choreographer Ryan Heffington stage it so crisply that it never becomes cloying.

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