Tunes drive Baby’s thrills
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.