But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Two-time Academy Award victor Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom. His genius as a wheelman puts him in bad company with thieves such as Bats (Jamie Foxx), a scary guy with a very short fuse; Buddy (Jon Hamm), a former Wall Street type with some bad habits; Buddy’s psycho girlfriend Darling (Eliza Gonzalez) and a thug named Griff (Jon Bernthal). So it won’t come as a surprise to learn that the director of Hot Fuzz explored the central nugget of Baby Driver, albeit in more comic fashion, in his 2002 promo for Mint Royale’s “Blue Song”, with Noel Fielding grooving in a getaway vehicle while Michael Smiley, Nick Frost and Julian Barratt rob a bank. Just look at his films Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Baby Driver crashes out of the gate with a pair of bravado scenes that showcase Baby’s unique skills. The film expands from 2,606 to 3,150 locations on Wednesday night.
It’s been four years since we’ve had an Edgar Wright-directed film, The World’s End. He only begins coming out of his shell after meeting Debora, played by Lily James, a server at the diner he frequents. Its protagonist, Baby (Ansel Elgort), suffers from tinnitus caused by a childhood accident, and constantly needs music in his ears to block out the background hum. Wright’s latest movie Baby Driver, a crime thriller, digs into various interesting subjects like a vehicle chase, criminals, slick heists etc. For a film centred on a getaway driver it’s curiously light on auto chases, resorting to more standard action fare in the latter stages. A lot of that is down to Wright’s writing and direction, but the actors absolutely inhabit their roles too.
Ansel Elgort stars as the kid they call Baby.
The story takes place when Baby wants to leave the fast-paced life of being a getaway driver and leave the business of crime when two-time Oscar victor Kevin Spacey’s character Doc, a criminal mastermind reels Baby in for one last heist. I’d be completely fine if “Baby Driver” didn’t have any dialogue at all.
The game cast never drops a beat, playing characters with the right mix of goofiness and malice to be as fun or as terrifying as they need to be.
Fast-forward to the after-party at Hotel 50 Bowery’s rooftop bar The Crown where guests sipped on themed Avión cocktails with a choice between Baby’s Escape (tequila, fresh lime, and agave nectar) and The Getaway (tequila, agave nectar, and angostura bitters)-a high note to an already upbeat evening at the movies.