'Baby Driver' is the summer heist movie you've been waiting for

Jackie Newman
June 28, 2017

But along with the already star-studded cast the film brings (Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm.) there is, apparently, a secret appearance from one of the biggest stars on the planet - and no one has spotted it, yet.

During the post office heist, Baby manages to kill Bats in a cartoonishly gruesome way: seeing some poles sticking out of a trick parked in front of them, he speeds the auto into the truck, impaling the poles in Bats' face.

Everything's a joke in Baby Driver, at least until the ending, when characters reverse themselves and Wright suddenly embraces all the clichés and devices he had been pretending to mock. His tough-looking passengers (Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez and Jon Bernthal) exit with comical menace, assault weapons in hand. Unlike most capers, though, the escapade goes down to the pulse-pounding strains of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's "Bellbottoms". (She's very much Alabama to Elgort's Clarence, to use a True Romance analogy.) But the real plaudits belong to Elgort.

The vehicle chases are where Wright lets loose.

The new film by Edgar Wright, who directed Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and The World's End, is anticipated to be one of the biggest films of the year after receiving a near flawless score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Kudos to Wright for understanding that serious, lunatic music nerds are fond of both vinyl and digital, and props to the costumers who slyly reference the fact that Elgort was long rumored to play a young version of that other fictional need-for-speed outlaw, Han Solo. Baby is a guy who was in a auto accident when he was a kid. But, this being the movies, there's always one last job.

Baby suffers from tinnitus, and listens to music to drown out the ringing in his ears. Watch the newly released featurette from Columbia Pictures' Baby Driver at and be captivated by lead star Ansel Elgort's charm. But then Baby meets and falls in love with a waitress at a diner where his late mother used to work, and this is Debora, winningly played by Lily James. They talk and flirt and fall for each other and wax poetic about heading west on I-20 in a vehicle they can't afford with plans they don't have. "You know it's bad when they don't ask you nothing about the movie." the Ray actor said.

Finally, Jamie spoke about listening to Ansel Elgort's music and being nervous that it wouldn't be good.

Edgar Wright's Baby Driver is set to zoom straight round the corner and into United Kingdom cinemas. Also, James, a terrific actress, is reduced to a cartoonish approximation of "the girl" who's only there to give our hero something to care about. "That is the cool one". Though primarily the love interest, James is incredibly sweet in the role, much like she was in Kenneth Branagh's recent live-action Cinderella.

British writer-director Edgar Wright has built a successful career on reimagining familiar film genres. Running time: 113 minutes.

And then go see Baby Driver a second time, maybe three or four days later, once it's marinated into your state of being, and you find yourself only wanting to talk about it with your friends who for whatever reason still haven't seen it???

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