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Baby Driver  : A Breezy Ride
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Friday, June 30, 2017
Action
Edgar Wright
Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx

Writer-director Edgar Wright gets it right with Baby, his lovable young hero, a killer driver. He has earplugs that keep him company and transport him to his dream world of music while he waits in the getaway car at many a crime scene. But Baby sure knows how to shake off the police cars with his mean driving, the earplugs firmly in place.

 

Edgar Wright’s screenplay combines speed, crime, wit, music and chunks of human equations. He tells his story through five clear relationships, all of them different, all of them revolving around Baby. “I feel like I’m taking candy from a baby,” remarks the crime boss as he takes Baby’s share of the loot but only until the young man pays off a debt he owes him. The boss is almost paternal, there’s warmth even in the cold calculation, like the way he shields the practically silent Baby from the rest of the crew by muttering, “There’s nothing wrong with a little quiet.”

 

As for the colleagues that the boss changes with every new crime, Baby shuts them out with his ubiquitous earplugs. But he registers their every move and stays cool whether they taunt him or tease him. It adds to his vulnerable charm.

 

Music is his escape. There’s a refreshing touch as Baby records people around him and turns words into music, his collection vast and varied. It’s also his connection to his dead parents, especially his mother who he clearly adored.

 

After every crime, Baby goes home to Joe, his foster father in a wheelchair. Edgar Wright writes in another strong bond there, comic, cute,without mush. Even a simple scene where Baby makes him a sandwich is like a choreographed dance, so watchable.

 

And finally there’s Baby’s heart doing a dance when he’s with Debora, the waitress with a wide smile. The movements of his first flirtation with Debora are again like a sweet little choreographed piece.

 

Edgar Wright puts all these equations together with a pace that’s nice, never mind the blood spill and body count.Ansel Elgort as Baby is vulnerable, lovable. He and Lily James as Debora are the new Bonnie & Clyde in town. For those who want the comfort of a veteran’s presence, there’s Kevin Spacey spouting the best one-liners as the crime boss.

 

When there’s no need to speak, there’s music. Music when Baby’s behind the wheel waiting and music while boss outlines the next heist with Steven Price’s musical compositions taking over like surrogate dialogues.

 

For a film that says, just get in the car and go for an entertaining ride, Baby Driver gets a 3.5* rating.

 

Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author
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