Baby is the best getaway driver in the business. Suffering from tinnitus, he needs constant music pumping through his ears to work his magic behind the wheel. He does jobs for the mysterious gang lord Doc to pay off a debt.
All he wants to do is make sure his foster father is OK, and then run off with his girlfriend Debora. But as the heists get more complicated and his accomplices grow more psychotic – Baby knows his next getaway has to be permanent.
I love Edgar Wright. From his superb sitcom Spaced, his “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End – and the very underrated Scott Pilgrim Vs The World – I’ve always found him a distinctive writer/director with a unique style and voice.
His latest movie Baby Driver is no exception.
The whole movie has a beat. There are next to no scenes that aren’t set to music. The dialogue, the movement – almost everything that goes on in a scene is in time to some kind of music.
It takes a bit of getting used to at first – but give yourself over to it and you’ll have a pretty wild ride.
I’d never heard of Ansel Elgort until I saw this movie – but the kid is a star in the making. Heroic, romantic and full of matinee idol charisma he’s destined to be a star. He holds the movie together and is mesmerising onscreen.
Kevin Spacey is also fantastic as Doc. At turns sinister and compassionate – he’s a mystery wrapped in an enigma – infused with Spacey’s trademark swagger and wit.
The gorgeous Lily James is heartbreaking as Debora, Baby’s beautiful girlfriend.
Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, and and Elza Gonzalez are also fine as Bats, Buddy and Darling – the fucknut crazy robbers who Baby is forced to work with.
Terrific action scenes, superb chases on wheels and on foot – Baby Driver is an absolute blast of action movie fun. Keeps you entertained, keeps you guessing – and keeps you tapping your toes to the great tunes.
One of the better movies I’ve seen in 2017!
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