“Baby Driver,” Edgar Wright’s newest piece of work, premiered at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival on Saturday, March 11, 2017. It is already receiving glowing reviews and generating much talk.
Wright is the director of such cult classics as “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Hot Fuzz,” and “Shaun of the Dead.” He says he has been sitting on the idea for “Baby Driver” for two decades.
In the movie, Ansel Elgort, star of the “Divergent” series and “The Fault in Our Stars,” returns to the screen as the voice of a troubled man-child. He is a getaway driver named Baby, who wants to leave the world of crime behind and move on with his love interest, Deborah, played by Lily James.
Kevin Spacey, best recognized for his role as Francis Underwood in “House of Cards,” is the crime boss named Doc. He leads his group of criminals on their last heist, which is supposed to clear a debt Baby owes to Doc.
It comes as no surprise that the funny new movie, “Baby Driver,” promises to be Wright at his best. A four-year wait has Wright fans itching with excitement. The trailer is funny. It showcases the humor and wit that is expected from the producer.
Early screeners say it embodies the spirit of SXSW by encompassing various mediums, themes, and genres. It is a musically inclined action-thriller with a dose of romance. Will love conquer all?
The most intriguing aspect of Wright’s funny new movie, “Baby Driver,” is the soundtrack, which is made up of songs from Baby’s iPod. Although it is not a musical, per se, music does drive it forward as well as cover up a condition of Baby’s. The music drowns out his chronic tinnitus. So, he listens to it all the time, rarely taking out his earbuds.
“Baby Driver” is not merely just a baby on a mission but a love story. The action and rhythm in the movie are paced by the man-child’s tunes on his iPod. This makes the action scenes play out as music videos.
If Wright’s new funny movie, “Baby Driver,” is successful, there could be a new approach to music in films. Wright’s new movie may well inspire a new generation of writers and directors to use music as a plot device, rather than, an emotional ploy. Plucking at the audiences’ heartstrings with the right riff, at the right time.
Wright mainly sticks with comedies that are mixed with different genres like fantasy, horror, crime, and science fiction. Fans will not be disappointed in this funny new high-speed thriller. The trailer makes it clear to audiences’ “Baby Driver” is hilarious.
So, expect Wright’s funny new movie, “Baby Driver,” to bring viewers to the edge of their seats with amusing fast-paced action. The producer brings comedy and playfulness in his films, “Baby Driver” will be no different. The film will release to select theaters in August 2017.
By Kristen Gray
Edited by Tracy Blake and Cathy Milne
IMDb: Baby Driver (2017)
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