Need for speed

Mu­sic is the star in Baby Driver ,an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ac­tion com­edy by Edgar Wright.

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when he was a child, which left him with tin­ni­tus, a “hum in the drum” which he drowns out us­ing mu­sic. Baby never leaves home with­out his iPod (or sev­eral).

Baby works for Doc (Kevin Spacey), a rob­bery master­mind who uses dif­fer­ent crew for each heist – in­clud­ing party an­i­mal cou­ple Buddy (Jon Hamm) and Dar­ling (El­iza Gon­za­lez), and the dan­ger­ously batty Bats (Jamie Foxx) – but con­sid­ers Baby his lucky charm.

How­ever, when Baby falls in love with wait­ress Deb­ora (Lily James), he starts to plan his es­cape from the crim­i­nal life.

The “story of a young driver who can­not ex­ist with­out mu­sic”, Wright’s movie is driven en­tirely by its mu­sic.

Mu­sic is the heart, the rhythm, the blues, the rock and the soul of this movie – al­most ev­ery sin­gle scene is chore­ographed to match the mu­sic, even the qui­eter ro­man­tic mo­ments be­tween Baby and Deb­ora.

Heck, it was even named af­ter the 1970 Si­mon & Gar­funkel song Baby Driver.

All 35 songs in the film de­serve the top billing just as much as El­gort and A-lis­ters Spacey and Foxx.

And what an eclec­tic playlist this makes, with songs from Blur, The Damned, The Com­modores, The Champs, T. Rex, Queen, Run The Jewels, Sky Fer­reira, The Beach Boys and more. Even when there are no recog­nis­able songs on, there is an ir­re­sistible rhythm that just keeps your foot tap­ping along.

It’s not just the mu­sic that’s the star here though.

Wright’s script de­liv­ers a con­stant bar­rage of wit and hu­mour that range from cute lit­tle one­lin­ers to laugh-out-loud mo­ments (“Don’t feed me any­more lines from Mon­sters Inc!”).

Spacey is won­der­ful to watch as a crime boss who is both a fa­ther fig­ure and a deadly en­emy, Foxx is at his most dan­ger­ous and mur­der­ous, and Hamm hams it up as an al­most de­ranged Don Draper.

With just those el­e­ments alone, you’ve al­ready got a de­cent movie. Now, put all that to­gether in one glo­ri­ous mar­riage of sounds, mu­sic and bril­liant car chases, and this be­comes one hell of a ride.

Baby Driver is like a mu­si­cal set to car chases and gun­fights. It is a glo­ri­ous playlist of mu­si­cal vi­su­als that gets you groov­ing, ir­re­sistibly, to its beat. And through­out the en­tire film, your foot will never stop tap­ping.

Hey Baby, you’re sup­posed to drive the cars, not get run over by them. — Sony Pic­tures

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