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You could describe “Baby Driver” as a car-chase movie set to rock and roll. Or, conversely, you could think of it as a playlist that happens to have a crime film attached. That’s because vehicular mayhem and music compete for top billing in Edgar Wright’s action-comedy-romance, with the whole idea of “incidental” music going by the wayside as the director lets most of the 30-plus songs on the soundtrack play out at close to full length.
Wright is as much of a music geek as a tire-squeal fetishist, and time spent with this mixtape — whether it’s via the packed two-cd soundtrack, or just as it plays out to picture, very loudly, in theaters — is time few rock fans would regret. The automotive scenes tend toward recently underexposed, revved-up ’70s rock classics by the likes of Queen and Golden Earring, but the “Baby Driver” soundtrack also offers cuts of various styles and vintage from Beck »
- Chris Willman
In Edgar Wright’s sixth feature film, “Baby Driver,” due out June 28, Ansel Elgort plays a getaway driver whose job is propelled by his own musical playlist. His cherubic face and gentle nature belie a focused intelligence beyond his years — everything is mapped out in his head, even when those around him think he’s not paying attention. He also possesses a savant-like skill with music, using it as both motivation and security.
There’s a direct correlation between Baby the character and Wright, the writer-director who created him. “You said it, not me!” laughs Wright’s longtime producer Nira Park. Baby uses music to drown out his tinnitus, a condition that causes ringing in the ears; Park learned during the making of the film that Wright had the same ailment as a child.
Wright, too, has a quiet, focused intelligence that surfaced when he was in his early 20s working with Park on “Spaced, »
- Jenelle Riley
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