It's a daffy conceit, and it might take you a track or two to fall into the stylized rhythm that marks Wright's work-from Shaun of the Dead to Hot Fuzz to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World-and drop-kicks naturalism to the curb. Well in this film, he completely smashes that.
Ansel Elgort ("Divergent") stars as the nicknamed Baby, a hell-on-wheels driver working with a rotating group of heist artists presided over by the oily Doc (Kevin Spacey), to whom Baby is working off an unknown debt. Photo Credit: Tristar Pictures.
The film - set for release on July 13th - tells the story of a talented getaway driver aliased "Baby", who relies on the beat of his personal playlists on his iPod to drive like Schumacher through the streets. That might be part of the point, but it makes the movie's extended climax, with Baby and Debora in danger from crime boss Doc (Kevin Spacey) and his associates, hard to care much about.
The Baby Drivercast also includes Academy Award victor Jamie Foxx (Ray), Eiza Gonzalez (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series), Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Jon Bernthal (Marvel's The Punisher). The cleverness of the dialogue is not only punctuated by the regularly occurring musical accompaniment, but underscored. How a writer and director build a thrilling adventure around this basic premise is what separates a good heist movie from the great heist movies. Ansel Engelfort, for allhis affable charm and laconic cool, doesn't quite convince when the story calls for him to take up arms and Lily James' waitress Debora, is largely wasted, resigned to looking doe-eyed and wistful at her beau. Judging by the trailer "Baby Driver" is set to be full of action and suspense as Baby sets out to win his freedom. It's a auto chase for the ages. The chase blends in perfectly with the music as the plan goes in motion. Humorously, Baby even rewinds his songs if they don't match up with his intended action. Baby Driver could be hismost technically brilliant movie, especially with how he has edited the action with the musical score. The movie is more of a homage for audiences who enjoy the adrenaline rush of classic auto chases mixed in with some heart-pumping music with a killer soundtrack. The precision driving looks real because it's been done for real, and it's all the more thrilling for making you think that you could do it if you practiced. "You can't only listen to the new stuff", he said. "There's very aggressive driving here". No quick cuts were used to mask any "movie magic" nor were there any gratuitous CGI stand-ins for the cars. The chase becomes exciting and new. That insane group of characters teamed up with an uncomfortably silent Baby makes for a very interesting team, and some hilarious conversations. Here is an auteur, a director who continues to create his work, at the top of his game.