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Baby Driver
★★☆☆☆
First run Theater cinema

Baby Driver stars Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) as a young, introverted, gifted heist driver who relies on the beats and rhythms of his favorite music to maneuver various getaway cars through congested streets. Baby works alongside a variety of cool criminals (played by an eclectic cast including Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, and Flea). A powerful crime boss (Kevin Spacey) holds sway over all of them – especially the rather naïve Baby.

Written and directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, The World's End, Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldBaby Driver features many of the acclaimed British filmmaker’s signature stylistic tropes including a killer soundtrack, plenty of humor, multiple cinematic references, and an unquestionable command of the camera. The first thirty minutes of this picture are endlessly enjoyable, with the music and visuals working together in effortless harmony. But nothing about this movie feels grounded in anything besides a love of music and movies. Even the driving scenes lack the kind of visceral exhilaration we feel when watching any of the great car chase pictures to which this movie pays homage.  While watching Baby drive we think about music and filmmaking, not about bank robbing or eluding capture. Thus Baby Driver feels less directly inspired by the great heist/chase films of the ‘60s and ‘70s like The Italian Job, The Driver, or Bullet and more by recent movies that pay homage by those earlier classics—like Heat, Ronin and Drive but without any real subtext or strong narrative dimension.

There’s a lot to enjoy in Baby Driver, but like all of Wright’s films—with the exception of his terrific second picture Hot Fuzz—this is a movie about how fantastic movies are without actually being a fantastic movie itself.

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#babydriver ('17) ★★ As with most of Wright's films, it's an enjoyable movie about how great movies but not a great movie itself.

Directed by Edgar Wright
Written by Edgar Wright

With: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Eiza González, Micah Howard, Lily James, Morgan Brown, Kevin Spacey, Morse Diggs, CJ Jones, Flea, Jon Spencer, Jamie Foxx, and Paul Williams

Cinematography: Bill Pope
Editing: Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos
Music: Steven Price

Runtime: 113 min
Release Date: 28 June 2017
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Color