Wednesday, June 28, 2017

BABY DRIVER

Indebted to crime boss Doc (Kevin Spacey), music-loving Baby (Ansel Elgort) expertly drives the getaway car for robberies. After his debt is paid, Baby is coerced into driving for one last doomed heist. His life and the life of his girlfriend Debora (Lily James) are at stake.

Edgar Wright, the genius director of films like "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz", is behind the wheel of this inventive cops-and-robbers tale. The bare-bones plot, written by Wright, takes a back seat to the songs from Baby's mix-tapes that
fill the movie. Choreographed chases and shootouts rock to the beat of endless tunes courtesy of recording artists ranging from Young MC to Queen. The cast is above-average for what amounts to a high-class "B" flick. Ansel Elgort ("The Fault in Our Stars") is sensational as the cool, but flawed Baby. Kevin Spacey is menacing as the crime boss and Lily James makes a fetching romantic interest. Caught up in this caper are Jon Hamm and Eiza González as a pair of Bonnie and Clyde type lovers, an intimidating Jamie Foxx and Jon Bernthal. With music taking center stage, it's appropriate that one of the criminals is played by Flea - founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Edgar Wright first used his idea of a tune-loving getaway driver in a music video he directed for Mint Royale's "Blue Song". While it may conjure up past heist films, this feature-length version is a fresh approach to what has become a tired genre. Driven by an infectious soundtrack and revved up action, "Baby Driver" is a gas! (4 CAMS)


Rated R (violence and language throughout)
Running Time: 113 minutes