Baby Driver


Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright takes the car chase action film Discuss this article

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Music sounds better when you’re on the road. In Baby Driver, Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright takes the car chase action film and weds it to a cracking jukebox playlist. The result is the most supercharged piece of motorised choreography since John Landis destroyed a fleet of cop cars in The Blues Brothers.

Wright’s hero, Baby (The Fault in Our Stars actor Ansel Elgort), still has a hint of peach fuzz on his cheeks, but he’s a genius with a gearstick. A getaway driver with dreams of going straight, Baby needs music to drown out the tinnitus-induced buzz in his head. Unlike the more violent and existential vehicular visions seen in Drive or Bullitt, Baby Driver is sweet fantasy.

That means its two-bit criminals (Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey) are enjoyably cartoonish; the same goes for Baby’s crush, Debora (Lily James), the kind of smiling cutie that film-makers always seem to dream about. Their romance is nourished with Beach Boys-scored dreaminess, but the movie doesn’t know what to do with it. Chances are you won’t mind: the action sequences here, imbued with humour and break-on-a-dime timing, are the most beautifully sustained and jaw-dropping of Wright’s career. You’ll be rewinding them in your head for days.

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By Joshua Rothkopf
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Baby Driver

  • Duration: 112
  • Released: Thu, 20 Jul
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
  • Director: Edgar Wright
  • Stars: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm

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