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Ansel Elgort, Edgar Wright, and More Attend a Screening of Baby Driver

Ansel Elgort, Edgar Wright, and More Attend a Screening of Baby Driver

Wright puts you right in the driver's seat with Baby for spectacular auto escapades, but the characters and conversations he creates are just as gripping.

Elgort, complete with an almost-Elvis accent (the movie's set in Atlanta), plays the titular character, a getaway driver nicknamed Baby who wears earbuds all the time, various stolen iPods playing a never-ending stream of music, the better to both dial down the tinnitus that he got in a family-destroying auto accident as a kid and provide the soundtrack for everything in his life. Young Harrison Ford looks aside, Elgort has an ineffable charisma that's there even when he's listening to music.

Will there be a sequel to Baby Driver? . Wright also tells the story about the closest he ever came to watching Ant-Man, when someone was watching it next to Wright on a plane.

Flawed as it is though, Baby Driver is a technically astounding achievement, meticulously crafted and created to make the most out if its idiosyncratic kinks and killer tracks.

The omnipresent music comes from Baby's habit of constantly listening to music on his collection of old-school iPods, both to drown out the ringing in his ears from a childhood vehicle accident (part of his requisite tragic backstory) and to provide a framework for his feats of automotive daring. I learnt a lot from Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx.

"I'm really focused always on the prize", Ansel Elgort said in 2014. It's like a mediocre crime thriller crossed with several very good music videos.




Matt Goldberg on Collider writes that Baby Driver is basically a musical, saying: "Everything is soundtrack, everything is music, and it all combines into an experience unlike anything you've seen before".

Edgar Wright: "No, because when I started writing 10 years ago, he was 13". He said, oh, man what I do. And Jamie Foxx said, "Barbra is gangster", which I thought that was the most wonderful sentence. Who else is there?

I'm not a gearhead in the sense of that I'm that interested in the auto itself, but there's something about movement and music that is my favorite thing. As we learn, he doesn't drive because he wants to.

It would be like being the best breather. Who among us can not say "same"?

Maybe Michael Phelps is the best breather.

Baby's adolescent hobby - stealing cars just for the sheer pleasure of driving - has caught up to him, alas. Henry Hill aspires to be a gangster. Baby Driver is extraordinarily entertaining when it's zipping along to its impeccable soundtrack, but there isn't much going on behind the music. It's actually sort of his coming of age is actually sort of the realization that he shouldn't be doing this. You never know, right? Portable CD players helped deliver music faster and more accurately, but they skipped constantly if you tried to walk with them having anything more than the slightest spring in your step. iPods and their non-Apple mp3-playing ilk changed all that, allowing hundreds of hours of music to be stuffed in your pocket ready to be cued up during just the right moment. "Two is that I got my friend, Paul, a part in a major film".


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