Boy racer hits the right notes

The Star Early Edition - - TONIGHT -

BABY Driver is a strik­ingly ad­ven­tur­ous and bold ac­tion film. Baby, who’s played by an unas­sum­ing and de­cep­tively fierce Ansel El­gort, is a dare­devil be­hind the steer­ing wheel who tact­fully jug­gles his dull per­sonal life with his whirl­wind role as a get­away driver.

Doc, played by Kevin Spacey, is the mastermind be­hind a se­ries of heists that have gripped At­lanta, Ge­or­gia. The mas­ter­fully ef­fi­cient Baby is the only con­stant in his heists which em­ploy new mem­bers each time.

Marred with tin­ni­tus af­ter a tragic car ac­ci­dent that claimed his par­ents’ lives as a young boy, Baby is con­stantly lis­ten­ing to mu­sic to block out the “hum in his drum”.

On a daily ba­sis, he walks around wear­ing dark tinted shades, with ear­phones on play­ing mu­sic from dif­fer­ent coloured iPods which he switches to match his mood.

He comes across as so­cially awk­ward, maybe autis­tic and his bizarre habits make him a deeply fas­ci­nat­ing char­ac­ter.

You wouldn’t ex­pect Baby to be a badass ban­dit and, in truth, he isn’t re­ally. He just hap­pens to be badass driver.

De­spite the con­stant mu­sic, Baby Driver es­capes be­ing la­belled a musical be­cause at one point or an­other the ac­tion be­comes so in­ces­sant, so cap­ti­vat­ing that it drowns out all the mu­sic.

Deb­ora, played by Lily James, is a beau­ti­ful wait­ress whom Baby is drawn to early on. She gives his oth­er­wise aim­less life a bit of pur­pose and, af­ter a few en­coun­ters with her, he fan­ta­sises about es­cap­ing his dan­ger­ous life­style with her.

Though pre­dictable, the love story has a cer­tain ro­mance to it. It doesn’t feel forced.

In­debted to Doc af­ter steal­ing his car as a youth, Baby must now serve du­ti­fully to “buy his way out”. But just when it seems he’s fi­nally paid off his debt, Doc ropes him back in.

Af­ter a messy heist in­volv­ing his lat­est part­ners in crime (Bats, played by Jamie Foxx, Dar­ling, played by Eiza González and Buddy, played by Jon Hamm) Baby plans to make a run for it and drive off into the sun­set with Deb­ora. But that plan is foiled when Bats and Buddy catch him sneak­ing off.

Baby Driver un­folds into a crazy over-the-top cat and mouse chase. In the en­su­ing chaos, the car chases un­fold at a break­neck speed and the ac­tion in­ten­si­fies ten­fold as Baby gives his all to make a run for it.

Ansel El­gort is the ex­pert get­away guy Baby Driver.

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