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Baby Driver

Cover Media logo Cover Media 29/06/2017 covermg.com

You know you’re in for a ride when you watch an Edgar Wright movie; the British filmmaker has already won over countless fans with his Simon Pegg and Nick Frost collaborations Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, but his latest offering is the slickest yet.

Baby Driver is one of those rare features that well and truly lives up to its reputation and it’s extremely hard to fault, from its banging soundtrack to its A-list cast, everything is top notch.

The Fault in Their Stars prodigy Ansel Elgort plays the title character Baby, a young man whose life revolves around paying off his debt to crime boss Doc (Kevin Spacey). Rather than rat him in to the police for attempting to steal his vehicle many moons ago, Doc saw potential in Baby and offered him the chance to serve as his gang’s getaway driver.

The audience get to see the main man’s amazing skills behind the wheel in the opening scene as he whizzes in and out of cars on a busy road while trying to escape a bank job with culprits Buddy (Jon Hamm), his sassy wife Darling (Eiza Gonzalez) and Griff (Jon Bernthal).

But the secret to Baby’s skilful driving is his iPod, as the cool and concentrated protagonist can’t switch on the engine without the right tune playing, whether it’s Bellbtooms by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion or Neat Neat Neat by The Damned. Ever since a car accident as a kid that killed both his parents he has been left with a ringing in his ears, which he drowns out by turning the volume on his headphones up to full blast.

When he thinks he’s finally off the hook for his attempted crime, Baby meets the woman of his dreams, diner waitress Debora (Lily James) who catches his attention as she glides past him singing Carla Thomas’ B-A-B-Y.

As he wines and dines her with the money he’s saved from each driving gig, Baby is confident he’s now able to start his life properly and find a real job, as advised by his adopted father. That is until Doc steps in once again and requests his protégé pull off one last heist for him, a job which he can’t say no to without violent consequences.

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Back in the hot seat with Buddy, Darling and Bats (Jamie Foxx), an aggressive thug who Baby failed to impress during a previous job, the pressure is now on to rob a post office while protecting his guardian and new love interest from danger.

You don’t have to be a car lover to appreciate all the stunts pulled off in this film and it’s absolutely action-packed from start to finish, with every song keeping the pace and excitement going.

Every character plays a pivotal role in the story, from Elgort’s shy yet confident Baby, to Foxx’s unnerving Bats, who provides hilarious one-liners such as, “I’m the one that got mental problems in the crew.”

Wright has delivered what critics are praising as one of the best movies of the summer and with such an original concept, amazing performances and tunes to lift the spirits, it’s hard to disagree.

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