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Baby Driver (7/10)
by Tony Medley
Runtime 113 minutes.
Not for children.
This is a movie about
a youthful getaway driver, Baby (Ansel Elgort), who works for a boss,
Doc (Kevin Spacey), who always has a different crew, except for Baby. It
starts with a perfectly ridiculous car chase. Although writer-director
Edgar Wright claimed at my screening that he talked to several real
getaway drivers, this opening chase defined what I always thought was
the primary purpose of a good getaway driver, one who could get away
unobtrusively. Contrary to that idea, Baby lays rubber, drives down
one-way streets makes two-wheeled turns and generally does everything he
can to draw attention to himself and the gang for which he is driving.
Despite this, and the
other car chases that completely fail the smell test, this is actually a
well-crafted movie with an attractive love interest for Baby, a waitress
named Deborah (Lily James), and a good cast that includes a Wall
Streeter-turned outlaw named Buddy (John Hamm, from “Mad Men” fame), his
sexy partner, Darling (Eliza Gonzalez), and the third, Bats (Jamie
Foxx). All give good performances.
The romance between
Baby and Debora is well done, due in large part to the scintillating
performance by James.
Lawyers in the
audience won’t be able to stomach the enormous plotholes in the script,
but, for me, they were counterbalanced by the torrid pace and conflict
between the principals.