Tunes drive Baby’s thrills

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MOVIE Baby Driver Star­ring Ansel El­gort, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Lily James Di­rec­tor Edgar Wright Re­view An­nelies Gart­ner

Mu­sic drives this heist movie from Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pil­grim vs. the World di­rec­tor Edgar Wright.

Baby (young The Fault in Our Stars ac­tor Ansel El­gort) is a get­away driver pay­ing back a debt to crime boss Doc (Kevin Spacey).

He suf­fered an ac­ci­dent in child­hood that has left him with a ring­ing in his ears and to coun­ter­act this lis­tens to mu­sic al­most con­stantly. He also likes to take ev­ery­day con­ver­sa­tions and mix them into his own mu­sic that is stored on cas­sette along with a record­ing of his mother singing.

The so­cially awk­ward young man car­ries around an ar­ray of iPods with tracks to suit his moods and sur­rounds.

Car-chase scenes roar to his get­away mu­sic and when he falls for wait­ress Deb­ora (Lily James) his life sound­track changes beat.

The or­phan lives with his fos­ter dad Joseph, played by deaf Tonyaward win­ning ac­tor CJ Jones, who can’t hear but feels the change in the tempo of Baby’s life.

With love on his mind Baby tries to quit his life of crime but is dragged back in to do a job with Bon­nie and Clyde-style lovers Buddy (Jon Hamm) and Dar­ling (Eiza Gon­za­lez) and thug Bats (Jamie Foxx). From the get-go the job is fraught with dan­ger, much of it caused by Bats’ im­pulses.

This ac­tion-thriller is filled with pop cul­ture, tyre-screech­ing and shoot-outs but at its heart is a good old-fash­ioned ro­mance.

Spacey eas­ily strad­dles the line between good and evil while Hamm, Foxx and Gon­za­lez are colour­ful crims. But it­baby-faced El­gort who car­ries the film with heart and soul. It’s worth the ride.

Lily James and Ansel El­gort in Baby Driver.

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