I Didn't Want To Like Ansel Elgort, But Here We Are

Edgar Wright Reveals His Reason For Not Directing 'Ant-Man'

Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) plays Baby, a young getaway driver forced to work for a criminal mastermind (Kevin Spacey) to pay off a debt.

Rated: R for violence and language throughout.

Clever foreshadowing, striking cinematography and a whole lot of style put Baby Driver several notches above the typical summer movie and proves to audiences everywhere that creative storytelling and huge action set pieces are not mutually exclusive.

Writer-director Edgar Wright has made an effective ode to cinematic vehicle chases, cool music, and the way that listening to cool music can make you feel like you're in a cinematic auto chase.

Heck, music's in its bones. Three associates exit the vehicle and enter the business. He's got the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's 1994 fuzzed-out rave-up "Bellbottoms" dialed up on his iPod, and the music inside his head is also in ours.

Then, when his associates return to the vehicle, he puts the pedal to the metal.

Baby Driver is a fantastic and fun film, and is a ideal date movie for a hot summer weekend. He evades the authorities, of course, because he is that good, baby.

"I haven't seen it and I haven't even seen the trailer". Even though he brings the joe to the follow-up meeting, all of his cohorts aren't thrilled with him. After a few years, Baby and Debora are reunited and allowed to live the rest of their life doing whatevs.

Baby is a guy with unhappy memories, revealed in flashback montages. When it comes to making movies, the most important thing for me personally is having a good time with the people you get to work with and enjoying the moments - really taking them in. So, yeah, Scorsese would certainly be an influence, and is one of the directors that uses music just brilliantly.




Baby soon meets Deborah, as the young woman recently has taken a job at a diner he frequents.

"In that sequence, there was a moment where they have to abandon their vehicle and get into a new one", he says.

After that supposed last job, while on a date with Deborah at an upscale restaurant, Baby encounters Doc. He nearly kills Debora, but Baby stops him. Baby forces Debora to pull over, and he gives himself up.

Baby is beholden to a crime boss, Doc (Kevin Spacey), who uses him as the wheel man for various heist crews (Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm and Jon Bernthal are among the hoods).

You highly suspect that, from here on out, Baby's days of clean getaways are over.

In a ideal world Elgort, James, Spacey and co would be joined on the poster by the titles of the 30 (!) songs that feature in the movie.

It's Elgort's first lead-role in a film that isn't aimed at younger audiences and Hamm admits the Fault In Our Stars actor was flawless for it. Essentially, it's a joy to watch him listen to music. He goes, 'Yeah, who did she play?' I said, 'She played Cinderella. Things go south when team members start doubting Baby's intentions and a musical chaos ensues.

Jamie Foxx had harsh words to say about his last movie while promoting his upcoming film Baby Driver.

But if anything, Wright retains and expands on his ability to make very specific musical references work universally (the born-in-1970 Sisters of Mercy obsessive in "The World's End", the incredible Stone Roses joke in "Shaun of the Dead"). The actors wore earpieces and were required to perform in sync with each song as it played. Think Walter Hill's 1978's The Driver (in tribute, Hill has a voice cameo), along with what Wright calls the Holy Trinity of 1990's pulp fiction: Point Break, Reservoir Dogs and Heat. Anyway, the upshot is that to Baby, music isn't just a luxury. Do you ever find it hard to know which one to prioritise?

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