Ansel Elgort pushes the pedal to the metal in Baby Driver.
Baby (Elgort) is a young getaway driver for Doc (Kevin Spacey), a crime lord and his various lackeys. Each time the lackeys pull off a heist, Baby is right there twisting and turning to avoid the police. Griff (Jon Bernthal), one of the lackeys, asks why Baby is always listening to his iPod. Doc explains that Baby has tinnitus. He constantly hears a high-pitched sound and he drowns it out with music.
Although Baby is the getaway driver, he’s not a bad kid. He just got mixed up with the wrong crowd after his parents (Sky Ferrerira and Lance Palmer) died in a car crash. He lives in a crummy apartment with his deaf foster dad, Joseph (CJ Jones), who signs to Baby to quit the business and make clean money.
Everything changes when Baby meets Deborah (Lily James), a waitress at a small diner his mother used to work for. They start talking music and Baby falls for her. But when Baby starts driving with Bats (Jaime Foxx), a criminal who plays by his own rules, he rethinks his career path and wants out.
Baby reminds me a lot of Star-Lord from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. They both lost their moms at a young age and deal with their pain with music. Classic music. One of the things that pulls me in is the variety of classic songs from Lionel Richie’s “Easy” and Barry White’s “Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up” to Queen’s “Brighton Rock.” I found myself singing along to some of the songs in the film.
Director Edgar Wright gives Baby Driver a style similar to his 2010 film, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Baby, like Scott, finds true love and does everything in his power to keep her safe. The violence is intensified a tad from Scott Pilgrim (thank god for rated-R!). The tone has a sweet balance of seriousness and humor.
If you love Guardians of the Galaxy and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, you’ll love Baby Driver.
Studio: Sony (1 hr. 53 min.)
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jaime Foxx, CJ Jones, Sky Ferreira, Micah Howard
Director: Edgar Wright
Story: A getaway driver pays his debt to a crime lord after his last heist, but keeps getting pulled back in.
Final Score: A+