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Baby Driver Movie Review

28 June 2017, 05:18 | Ruben Thornton

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OK, "Baby Driver" makes a couple of minor wrong turns in its climatic stretch, but by then you're too in love to care. That same person could hardly do the same to Edgar Wright, director of this outrageously enjoyable petrolhead heist caper, unless it would be for not showing a supercool adult chauffeur atop a Pamper-wearing infant with a steering wheel between its tiny shoulder blades roaring up the M25. He is one of our own. It's a daring move that pays off in spades in the earlier part of the film but a tonal shift in the third act is jarring and completely at odds with the off-kilter, quirky timbre that embodies most of the movie.

During a podcast, the director was quoted as saying, "I think the most diplomatic answer is I wanted to make a Marvel movie but I don't think they really wanted to make an Edgar Wright movie". Very little looks and feels digital (which, again, is awfully '90s of Wright).

Ansel Elgort ("The Fault in Our Stars") plays the lead role, a whiskerless kid who goes by the nickname "Baby" but who also happens to be a peerless getaway vehicle driver.

It's an action film about a guy named Baby.

There's no substituting style over substance, of course.

Jamie Foxx dropped by the KISS FM breakfast studio this week to speak to hosts Rickie, Melvin and Charlie about his new film Baby Driver. Baby would like to get out and have a normal life with Debora (Lily James), the waitress he meets at a diner.

A driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort) sits coolly in a auto - black Ray-Ban style shades on his face, earbud headphones in place and a jacket that's, fittingly, somewhere between Ferris Bueller and Han Solo.

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"Paul Rudd is a friend of mine and we're still very good friends". Baby is a guy who was in a vehicle accident when he was a kid. And then what's amusing, Jamie Foxx has the line in the movie where Darling is talking about that and says, "Oh, Barbra Streisand does the same thing". In one scene, his motor mouth reaction makes a Mike/Michael Myers joke that's 20 years overdue. Later, before a post office heist the next day, Baby tries to slip away in the middle of the night.

"I haven't seen it and I haven't even seen the trailer", Wright told Uproxx's Mike Ryan.

The first botched getaway is where the film kicks into second gear. As Baby Driver progresses, with Queen, Young MC, Martha Reeves and the Vandellasand Simon & Garfunkel reverberating in Baby's ears and on the soundtrack, this one-of-a-kind filmmaker leaves his indelible stamp on every frame.

And it is an enjoyable ride - one of the most enjoyable of the summer so far, in fact.

This movie has always been a passion project for Wright ("Shaun of the Dead", "Hot Fuzz", "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World", "At World's End") and you can see that dizzy, heady obsession in every frame.

I have no idea if that's how tinnitus actually works but it seems plausible, at least when Spacey says it. Baby Driver is a sleek vision that Wright obviously put his heart and soul into (and, at least with critics, that's paid off as Baby Driver is now sporting a nifty 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes).



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