“People love great bank robbery stories so let’s give them something bold and brazen to talk about over their lattes”. So says ace crime boss Kevin Spacey in the throbbing, style-packed, car chase classic, Baby Driver, which opened throughout the country this weekend. Edgar Wright mulled over the script for nearly two decades before he decided to make Baby Driver his fifth feature release and his first solo outing as writer/director. And it’s been wildly worth the wait. If you were looking for something that had generously inventive elements of Bullitt, The Driver, The French Connection, The Getaway, Drive and more then this is it.
Ansel Elgort, from The Fault In Our Stars and the Divergent series, is the cherubic getaway driver who pays off a debt, job-by-job to Spacey’s menacing gang leader Doc, while romancing a sunny diner waitress (Lily James), caring for an old relative called “Pops” and fighting a tinnitus condition with a specially constructed soundtrack that includes everyone from Bee Bumble And The Stingers and Dave Brubeck to the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and dozens more. The action in Baby Driver is built on the scaffold of the music and a coterie of rich, crime-life performance from Jon Hamm, Eliza Gonzalez, a psychotic Jamie Foxx, the hastily emerging Jon Bernthal and, of course, Spacey “He puts the Asian in home invasion,” he says of one crew member.
Here is the trailer.